Real Madrid star Luka Modric has revealed that Barcelona have managed to sign Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic. Barcelona have been holding negotiations with Sevilla regarding the transfer of the 26-year-old for the last few weeks. Since they have been unable to arrive at a conclusion, the deals to sell players like Cesc Fabregas have been taking time. Modric has confirmed that Rakitic to Barcelona is a done deal. It has not been officially announced by the club of the player. Modric says that he wanted Real Madrid to sign the 26-year-old, who played a key role in Sevilla’s Europa League success last season. The club also finished fifth in the league. According to ESPN, Modric said:
“He [Rakitic] has gone to Barca. I am very happy for him — he deserves it. To go to a big club like Barca, with a global dimension, is an important step in his career.
“Everyone has seen this season what he is capable of doing. He is a great footballer who is improving. I am convinced that his performances in the coming seasons will be even better.”
Barcelona have been expected to undergo widespread changes after experiencing one of the poorest campaigns in the last decade. They finished without a major trophy despite the presence of numerous stars like Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta. Players like Victor Valdes and Carlos Puyol, who have been influential of the club for the last decade, have already left the club. Xavi Hernandez is also expected to move on to play in the MLS or the Qatar leagues.
Rakitic’s signing will also allow Barcelona to sell Fabregas to Chelsea for €33 million. The deal is thought to have been agreed between the two clubs, but Barcelona have been waiting in order to complete the Rakitic deal before selling Fabregas.