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Shambhu Ajith
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Manchester United make contact with Barcelona for Ivan Rakitic

Rakitic tussles with Paul Pogba
Ivan Rakitic tussles with Paul Pogba

In the wake of Ander Herrera's departure from Old Trafford, Manchester United are desperate to add some spine to their underperforming midfield and have now made contact with Barcelona over a potential deal for Croatian international Ivan Rakitic who is now 31-years-old.

The Cules have responded by quoting a price of £48 million for the central midfielder and should United match it, the deal will go through this summer without any other complications.

Manchester United's midfield desperately needs a facelift and with Paul Pogba's future continuing to remain uncertain, Solskjaer wants to find a stopgap solution. And Rakitic can certainly do more than be a temporary solution to the problem.

United's midfielders lack the creativity to break down resolute defences and they had struggled greatly as a result through the majority of the 2018-19 season.

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