Man Utd suffer setback in transfer pursuit of Barcelona outcast Ivan Rakitic

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Man Utd suffer setback in transfer pursuit of Barcelona outcast Ivan Rakitic

Manchester United have been dealt a blow to any hopes of landing Barcelona outcast Ivan Rakitic in the January transfer window.

United have been linked with a move for midfielder Rakitic - with Barcelona reportedly having rejected a £13m bid from a Premier League club last month.


Rakitic, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla five years ago, has fallen out of favour at the Nou Camp following the summer arrival of Frenkie de Jong.

And in quotes attributed to the 31-year-old he reeled off a couple of possible transfer destinations - but without referring to United.

"I would be happy to return to Sevilla," said Rakitic in quotes reported by Carrusel Deportivo.

My idea is to continue. If I can play there is no better place right now than Barcelona."

Asked about rumours linking him with a move to Atletico Madrid, Rakitic said: "Atl├ętico in January? We will see. Fight for everything and I want to fight for everything and play everything."

Rakitic has previously been tipped to join Manchester United , with Serie A clubs such as Inter Milan and Juventus also believed to be keen.

But an approach from a side in England fell well short of Barcelona's £30m valuation of the 31-year-old, according to Sport last month.

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