Manchester United’s biggest priority for this summer transfer window is to sign a central defender. However, they should bolster their midfield depth as well.
Following the departure of Ander Herrera and considering the probable exit of Paul Pogba, there’s no question The Red Devils could use a new central midfielder. And with that in mind, the Premier League giants might be planning a potential move for Ivan Rakitic. According to a recent report from Mundo Deportivo, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is considering the possibility of making a move for the Croatia international. Several reports have indicated Rakitic might be set to leave the Camp Nou this summer.
There are no doubts regarding Rakitic’s talent. However, it’s unclear whether he remains a fit at the Camp Nou outfit. Los Blaugranas already have Sergio Busquets, Arthur, Arturo Vidal and Frenkie de Jong on the squad. Plus, youngster Carlos Aleña needs playing time. And even Philippe Coutinho can operate as an attacking midfielder. Considering that kind of depth, Rakitic won’t be more than a backup alternative for the 2019-20 season. Thus, it wouldn’t be surprising if he asks to leave the club in the coming weeks.
Does he fit with what Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to do?
Rakitic could fit quite well in Solskjaer’s tactical system. The former Sevilla starlet can operate either as a central midfielder or as a more attacking one. Given he’s 31, he’s not going to have much upside but at the same time, he could give United two or three quality years before departing for a less competitive environment. However, United would have to compete with Inter Milan for his signature. The Italian giants are also keen on the 31-year-old, and are looking to sign both Rakitic and Luka Modric this summer.
While it might not be a good idea to get into a bidding war for Rakitic’s services, it would be crazy to deny the Croatian’s quality. Several experts believe Rakitic is one of the most underrated midfielders on the planet. But there are concerns regarding his ability to adapt to the pace and intensity of the Premier League.
Replacing Pogba is a tall order. But after years of thriving at Barcelona, there’s no question the Croatian has the resume to arrive at Old Trafford and become a starter from day one.