Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is considering an offer to join Manchester United at the end of the season, according to a report.
The 30-year-old is seen as one of the Red Devils’ top transfer targets, as they attempt to bolster their central-midfield ranks.
Spanish outlet Diario Gol suggests that Rakitic is tempted to jump ship, but will first gauge from Barca chiefs what his role at Camp Nou will be next season.
Rakitic is said to have informed United that he will not make a decision for at least another month, with the Catalan giants’ quest for a domestic double taking priority.
It has emerged that the Croatia international played through the pain barrier against Roma after fracturing his finger in the shock 3-0 loss, bringing an early end to his side’s Champions League campaign.
Meanwhile, United are reportedly considering a move for Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand.
The Red Devils have failed to find a long-term solution for the role in the past few seasons, with Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw all being used in the team.
According to The Sun, however, United chiefs believe that Southampton’s Bertrand is an ideal candidate for the position, with the England international allegedly high up on the club’s list of potential targets.
The newspaper adds that a deal would be significantly easier to pull off if the Saints, currently three points adrift of safety, are relegated from the Premier League this term.
United signed Shaw from Southampton at the end of the 2013-14 campaign for £27m.