Ivan Rakitic heads out for family bike ride after putting Man Utd on transfer alert by hinting at Barcelona exit – The Sun

IVAN RAKITIC headed out for a family bike ride after putting Europe's top clubs on red alert by hinting at a Barcelona exit this summer.

The Catalan giants are prepared to cash in on the Croatian veteran this summer to raise funds of their own.



The 32-year-old has just one year remaining on his deal at the Nou Camp.

His availability is set to spark a transfer scramble with clubs across Europe including Juventus, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid set to pursue a deal.

Rakitic has also attracted attention from Premier League giants Manchester United and Tottenham.

The Red Devils attempted to land Rakitic in January but the move was blocked because his wife Raquel wanted to remain in Barcelona.

And the happy couple looked more than content in Spain as they embarked on a family bike ride with their two daughters and their golden retriever, with the midfielder also hopping on an electric scooter.

I have never closed the doors to making a big change

Rakitic has lifted 13 trophies since arriving at Barcelona in 2014 but has now admitted he could leave after falling out of favour at the Nou Camp.

As reported by the Mail, he told Spanish radio stations: "When parties sign a contract it is with the idea of ​​fulfilling it.

"Also with the idea that I want to play, but I am calm about it.

"I would have liked that at some point someone from the club had come out to say that Rakitic was staying to end the rumours.

"[President Josep Maria] Bartomeu has not told me anything. Perhaps today he is listening to us and tomorrow he is going to call me.

"I have never closed the doors to making a big change (in my career)."

Rakitic also fuelled reports that he hopes to seal a return to his former club Sevilla, where he spent three years and guided the team to Europa League success.

In his final season he scored 15 and assisted 17 to be named in the LaLiga Team of the Year.

He added: "My family's future? We will go to live in Seville sooner or later, almost certainly."

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