Man United getting closer to sign 31-year-old World Cup silver medalist

Manchester United have made an approach to sign Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona, according to reports.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to improve his options in central midfield this summer following the departure of Ander Herrera, who failed to agree a new contract with United.

According to Sport, United have asked Barcelona to name their price for Rakitic and the Spanish club are open to selling the Croatia international. But Rakitic is happy at Camp Nou and the report claims that United must significantly better his current contract in order to stand a chance of signing the midfielder this summer.

Sport report that the entire deal hinges on what Rakitic decides to do, while Barca have already told the 31-year-old that they will not improve his current deal.

United are understood to be aware of Rakitic’s demands over an improved contract. The Croatia international was also wanted by Inter but the Serie A club have cooled their interest since the arrival of Antonio Conte.

Rakitic was also close to joining Paris Saint-Germain last summer before he decided to reject a move to the French champions. Last month, reports claimed that Barcelona had put a €55 million (£48m) price tag on Rakitic.

Jose Mourinho was also a huge admirer of Rakitic and wanted to sign the Croatian during his time as Manchester United manager.