Barcelona Transfer News: Ivan Rakitic Set to Sign, Marco Reus Mystery Continues

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2014

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21:  Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla in action during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Sevilla FC at El Madrigal on December 21, 2013 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)
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The transfer window can be a frustrating and confusing time for supporters. The coverage is unrelenting in the modern game, and as such, a myriad of different reports can often lead to contradictions on whether a player is coming or going.

That situation has presented itself to Barcelona supporters this week, as mystery reigns regarding the pursuit of Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus.

But Blaugrana supporters will be delighted to know that a deal for Sevilla playmaker Ivan Rakitic is looking a lot more straightforward and reportedly close to completion.

Here’s the very latest news when it comes to the future of the aforementioned duo.

Ivan Rakitic Transfer Imminent

VILLARREAL, SPAIN - DECEMBER 21:  Jaume Costa (R) of Villarreal competes for the ball with Ivan Rakitic of Sevilla during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Sevilla FC at El Madrigal on December 21, 2013 in Villarreal, Spain.  (Photo by Manuel Qu
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Barcelona are on the brink of announcing a deal that would see the Sevilla midfielder join the club. Two of Spain’s leading newspapers—Mundo Deportivo and Sport—published front pages welcoming the Croatian to the Camp Nou, as noted here by GoalDigger:

The news comes in the wake of reports that a deal for Rakitic is “all but done,” per Rocio Guevara of Marca. According to Guevara’s piece, the transfer could be completed and announced at some point on Tuesday.

The fee that Barcelona will pay for Rakitic is believed to be €17.5 million, per 101 Great Goals, with Barca B midfielder Denis Suarez joining the Andalusians on a season-long loan.

With Rakitic’s transfer looking pretty much sewn up, here’s what Cules can expect from the 26-year-old:

The midfielder is a player who will fit seamlessly into this Barcelona side, most likely as a replacement for Cesc Fabregas, who is set to move to Chelsea in a £28 million deal, per Charlie Scott of the Mail Online.

He’ll bring a plethora of desirable qualities to Barcelona’s midfield and is the type of player that those who frequent the Camp Nou will adore.

Rakitic will replace Fabregas, who looks destined for Chelsea.
Rakitic will replace Fabregas, who looks destined for Chelsea.David Ramos/Getty Images

Signing Rakitic ahead of Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid—who were also interested in the player, per Jutarnji and AS.com (h/t ESPNFC.com)—is also a big statement of intent from the Catalonians, who missed out on all forms of major silverware last season to the capital duo.

New Barcelona boss Luis Enrique looks likely to deviate marginally from the tiki-taka style that the club have used to great success down the years. And if he’s after a player that can marry industry with intricacy, Rakitic is the perfect fit.

Confusion Reigns Over Marco Reus

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Dortmund have rubbished reports that Reus could be set to swap the Westfalenstadion for the Camp Nou this summer. A story emerged on Monday suggesting that Barcelona had reached an agreement with the player, per Sport (h/t 101 Great Goals) and were set to offer £28 million for Reus’ services.

But Dortmund have moved quickly to quash the rumours surrounding their man. Sascha Fligge, the club’s communications director, has insisted that “it’s certain that Marco Reus won’t be moving on this summer,” per Die Welt (h/t Marca).

The club’s sports manager, Michael Zorc, also spoke to Die Welt, and backed up the points made by Fligge:

First and foremost, Marco himself said that he definitely wanted to play for Dortmund next season. And, secondly, there would be no point in making an offer because we don't want him to leave.

Reus was set to star for Germany at this summer’s World Cup, but he will miss the tournament after suffering an ankle injury against Armenia on Friday. That looked as though it may have prompted Barcelona into making a move for the player, but he looks unlikely to be going anywhere if we are to heed the words of the Borussia hierarchy.

Here’s why Dortmund are so desperate to keep hold of him:

It’s wholly understandable that Dortmund do not want to cash in on Reus. They lost Mario Gotze to Bayern Munich last summer, while Robert Lewandowski will also line up for the Bavarians next season. To see Reus move on too would be a major disappointment.

Dortmund will be desperate to hold on to Reus after losing Lewandowski.
Dortmund will be desperate to hold on to Reus after losing Lewandowski.Markus Schreiber/Associated Press

From the player’s perspective—although he has insisted he would like to stay with Die Borussen, per kicker magazine (h/t Sky Sports' Thomas Zocher)—the glitz and glamour of the Camp Nou would be a tantalising prospect. The Bundesliga looks set to be dominated by Bayern for the next few seasons, and at 25 years old, Reus may fancy a new challenge.

He’d bring a stunning directness to the Barcelona front line, and if he was to join up at the Camp Nou next season, an attacking triumvirate of Reus, Lionel Messi and Neymar would be sensational to watch.


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