Liverpool will need to sign a top quality star if Philippe Coutinho leaves the club this summer and according to reports, the Reds are targeting Ivan Rakitic.
According to Diario Gol, the Croatian international did not have a great pre-season, he was average vs Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup and his future is up in the air after the arrival of Paulinho, who could replace him in the starting XI.
In such a scenario, the Spanish source have mentioned that Liverpool are trying to sign him to strengthen their midfield for the Champions League. It is stated that Klopp is satisfied with his attack and would be delighted to have Rakitic with the likes of Can and Henderson in the central midfield.
Furthermore, Diario Gol has stated that Rakitic values the offer from the Merseysiders and can say goodbye to Barcelona today (on Wednesday). Perhaps the Spanish source have claimed that tonight’s second leg of the Spanish Super Cup could be Rakitic’s last game for the Catalan giants.
The 29-year-old former Sevilla star is a proven quality midfielder with ample Champions League experience, hence, his signing could be very fruitful for the Anfield club.
Last season, Rakitic scored 8 goals and provided 7 assists in all competitions for the Spanish club. His current contract with Barca will expire in 2021 and it has a mammoth release clause of €125m (FCB).
In your opinion, should Klopp sign Ivan to replace Coutinho?