Manchester United reportedly want to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic this summer, but the Red Devils fear that the Croatia international has already agreed a deal with Inter Milan.
Rakitic recently took to Instagram to call on the media to “stop inventing things” amid reports that the midfielder was heading for Inter in this summer’s transfer window.
The 31-year-old also insisted that he would be at Barca “for many years to come”, but there remains speculation surrounding the future of the 2018 World Cup finalist.
According to The Sun, United have been monitoring Rakitic’s situation after Barca announced the signing of Frenkie de Jong from Ajax earlier this year, but the 20-time English champions now expect the midfielder to join Inter.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ed Woodward are discussing the possibility of making a move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who will be available on a free transfer when his contract expires this summer.
The Red Devils are planning a major rebuild of their squad after a testing campaign and Solskjaer wants at least five new signings, with the midfield an area of particular concern.
However, Rabiot’s contract demands have already put off a number of suitors, with the Frenchman demanding a base salary of £175,000-a-week and a £10million signing-on fee.