Barcelona Wanted Bernardeschi For Rakitic

Juventus were making strong advances in their attempt to sign Ivan
Rakitic from Barcelona this summer. They even made a deadline day push
to get the deal done, but in the end it wasn’t to be – the Croatian
remains at Camp Nou.

Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo have now come up with a story which
says that the only way Rakitic could have made his way to Turin was in
exchange for Federico Bernardeschi, with Barcelona keen on the player
capable of operating in the middle of the park as well as on the wing.

However, Juventus apparently rate Bernardeschi more than Rakitic, and
they demanded at least €20 million in addition to the Croatia
international to agree to such a swap deal. That, it seems, was
unacceptable to the Catalans and no agreement had been reached by the
time the transfer window slammed shut on September 2.

It’s quite clear that the Serie A champions would like another player
in their midfield ranks, but they were far from desperate to get one
following the arrivals of Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain and
Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal, both as free agents.

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