Barcelona star mulling over €80m offer in transfer that could have repercussions for Manchester United

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Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has reportedly received an offer from Paris Saint-Germain over an €80million transfer to the Ligue 1 giants.

According to Don Balon, the Croatia international seems tempted by the proposal from PSG, but will talk things over with manager Ernesto Valverde before making a decision.

Rakitic has been a crucial player at Barca for recent years, though his place in the side may be under some threat in the near future.

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This is because the Catalan giants have been linked by the Daily Mail and others with an interest in Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba this summer.

The arrival of the France international, although less likely now after the Premier League transfer window closed, would surely push Rakitic down the pecking order at the Nou Camp.

The 30-year-old could therefore do well to make the move to the Parc des Princes, where he could likely extend his playing career for a few years longer.

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This would probably be Rakitic’s last chance to land himself a big contract, and playing in the less competitive French top flight could mean continuing at a major European club for longer than he’d be able to in La Liga.

United fans may want to keep an eye on this saga if it in any way boosts Barcelona’s hopes of landing Pogba, both in terms of raising the extra cash to launch a bid, and in terms of opening up more space for the 25-year-old in their midfield, which already looks in need of strengthening anyway after the exits of Andres Iniesta and Paulinho this summer, though they have brought in Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich.

Don Balon also previously suggested United could be open to letting Pogba join Barcelona if they could land Rakitic in return, so that possibility would also go out of the window if he joined PSG instead.

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