According to reports from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is plotting a plan to convince Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic to swap the Nou Camp for Old Trafford.
Manchester United splashed a world record fee of £89 million to secure the services of Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer and the Red Devils could not be blamed for expecting instant returns from their new superstar.
However, Pogba has failed to impress during his time at Old Trafford so far and many believe that the Frenchman is currently struggling due to the fact that he currently does not have a midfield partner to allow him to flourish like he did at Juventus.
Pogba has most certainly improved his displays while playing alongside veteran midfielder Michael Carrick but with the Englishman currently entering the twilight of his career, United would surely be well served to look at replacements.
It is clear to see that Pogba needs a midfield partner who can dictate the play in the same manner as Carrick or Andrea Pirlo does and if reports from Spanish outlet Don Balon are to be believed, manager Jose Mourinho is said to have identified Ivan Rakitic as the player to fulfill such a role.
Rakitic has managed to establish himself as one of the best midfielders in the world since joining Barcelona back in 2014 and the Croatian international is one of the main reasons behind the Catalan giants’ domination of Spanish football over the past few years.
Mourinho is allegedly an admirer of Rakitic’s abilities and now according to reports from Spain, the Portuguese tactician is currently planning to convince the 28-year-old to swap the Nou Camp for Old Trafford.
While Rakitic would most certainly prove to be a very good signing for Manchester United, there are clearly a lot of obstacles standing in the way for any prospective transfer.
Firstly, United will have to splash a lot of cash in order to tempt Barcelona to part with one of their key players and in addition, Mourinho may struggle to convince Rakitic to join a struggling United side instead of continue at a Barcelona team challenging for honours.
That said, United have the finances to get the deal done and an extraordinary offer could well see Rakitic join the Red Devils in the foreseeable future.