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Should Ivan Rakitic sign for Barcelona, he's a certain starter.
Ivan Rakitic could be the difference for Barcelona this coming season.
The dynamism that the Croatian will bring to the side in place of Xavi Hernandez is likely to be the catalyst for much of Barca's forward momentum.
Whilst Xavi's legendary status at Barca is not in doubt, with only three goals and two assists in La Liga last season per WhoScored, it's clear that his influence is on the wane, whatever supporters wish to believe.
They, and he, will have to accept a more peripheral role next season.
In contrast, 12 goals and 10 assists in the same period for Rakitic, per WhoScored, tells you something about how well he performed at Sevilla during the last campaign.
It's not unfair to suggest that he was the fulcrum of the side, at the heart of everything positive that the Andalusians created.
An eight-year age gap over Xavi should mean that, in the end, this is a fairly easy decision for Luis Enrique to make.