Representatives from Barcelona and Juventus have met to negotiate a swap deal which would see Ivan Rakitic leave Catalunya for Turin in January.
The Croat has been a peripheral figure for La Blaugrana this term, having been a regular in the side during his first four campaigns at the Camp Nou. He had looked to engineer a transfer away from the club in the summer, with Juve amongst the teams vying for his signature, but a move never materialised.
Bianconeri chief Fabio Paratici recently claimed his side aren't interested in adding Rakitic to their squad – currently overflowing with central midfielders.
According to CalcioMercato, Juve officials have held talks with the Barça hierarchy over Rakitic's future, though the two clubs are struggling to agree on which players to include in a proposed swap deal.
The Serie A champions have suggested either Merih Demiral or Daniele Rugani be used as a makeweight. Barcelona, on the other hand, are pushing for Federico Bernardeschi to be the man who joins Ernesto Valverde's team.
You can pretty much rule out the latter occurring, given the favour shown by Maurizio Sarri to the playmaker this season – and Rakitic's recent resurgence, starting the club's last three games in all competitions, could also complicate things.
Rakitic will have the final decision on whether he wants to depart Catalunya in January, and he's been increasingly vocal with his frustration this campaign.
The World Cup finalist has admitted his situation at Barça is making him 'sad', whilst he's also made hints that his time with La Blaugrana is coming to an end.
If Rakitic decides he wants a switch to Italy, that's probably what will happen. His current employers have made it clear they won't stand in his way, Juve can easily match Barcelona's valuation, and it seems work has already begun to take him to the Allianz Stadium.
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