Transfer News: Atletico Madrid in pole position to sign Man Utd target Ivan Rakitic

According to the Daily Mail, via Marca, Manchester United are interested in Ivan Rakitic, with Barcelona demanding £17m for the world-class midfielder. Online bookmakers are giving this transfer low odds of under 15/1 but still we have reason to believe that it is quite possible. The report adds that Atletico Madrid are in pole position to sign the Croatian (with better odds of 3.5 according to, but we are sure Solskjaer has already drawn up a list of targets he wants to strengthen his midfield.

That’s what our scouts should have been working on all season.

We also think Solskjaer would want them to unearth a player with his best years ahead of him, and your best chance of seeing Rakitic in a United shirt is if by signing him on FIFA or Football Manager.

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However, the Red Devils turned a curve in 2020, as manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got them back on track before the season was suspended over the coronavirus pandemic.

Also bookies are starting to gain trust in United and have been increasing their odds of winning the leagues lately. United remain in the hunt for a top-four finish in the league and we are still in with a chance of winning the FA Cup (8/1 chances with Skybet and Betfair) and Europa League (5/2 with Skybet and 3/1 with Smartbet).

If any I would recommend betting on Utd to be the FA Cup winner as they are likely to pick the title and the odds here are generous and allow the opportunity to gain more money off the same betting amount.

Under Solskjaer, United’s recruitment has improved significantly, and pretty much every signing can be complemented on their time at Old Trafford to date. The likes of Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Bruno Fernandes are definitely fundamental pieces as we move forward and look to progress.

Solskjaer does have a very young squad though, and he want to consider adding some experience to the group. The future of Odion Ighalo remains unknown but the boss may look to keep the Nigerian striker around as an option from the bench next season.

United’s drive for midfield recruitments may depend on what happens with Paul Pogba this summer, and there’s been constant speculation about the Frenchman leaving Old Trafford. But Pogba moving to Manchester United is a mere speculation as bookmakers are giving Real Madrid and Juventus the strongest odds of completing such purchase (7/4 for Pogba to transfer to Real Madrid with Betfair and Paddy Power).

Although Rakitic has played with some of the world’s best players during his time at Barcelona, the prospect of playing with Bruno Fernandes will appeal to a lot of players when the transfer market reopens, knowing the Portuguese helps get the best out of the players around him.

They will all see what he’s done for United and want to be part of a team destined for some success, granted our recruitment begins to show some consistency, but, in my opinion, we should be aiming for some a little younger.

Rakitic turned 32 last month and this smells rather similar to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s move to United in 2015. The less said about that the better – but Bayern Munich knew what they were doing by selling us a dud.

Schweinsteiger was past his best and couldn’t keep up with the pace in the Premier League. If he joined in 2009 we would be talking very differently about the German legend.

Fabian Ruiz at Napoli is the player United should be going after…

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