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Ivan Rakitic has been proposed to PSG

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Even though his performances have been great in the latest games, Ivan Rakitic has been highly criticized in his past 2 seasons at FC Barcelona, especially during his time under Valverde.

Barça is in search in cash, and thus is looking for a new home for the Croatian midfielder. According to French Footmercato, the 32-year-old has been offered to Paris St. Germain. PSG, who are looking to strengthen their midfield, reportedly did not follow up on the proposal.

Rakitic has a contract with Barcelona until 2021, and with Arthur Melo’s exit to Juventus, another midfield player leaving the club is not as plausible as it was anymore. Besides that, his performances have been on peak recently: Rakitic was chosen man of the match against Athletic Club in which he scored the winning goal to secure Barcelona 3 points.

Two weeks ago, Rakitic told Marca in an interview that ‘he will stay with Barça’.

“I’m convinced that I’ll stay at Barcelona. 2 weeks ago, I contacted the club and we agreed that there’s nothing to talk about because I still have a contract with Barcelona and my wife and kids are happy here. I just want to enjoy and be happy. That comes by winning titles with Barcelona.”, said Rakitic.

Everyone has some kind of passion. For me, it is FC Barcelona. I started to write stories about the club I support in 2017, and have been lucky enough to be part of such a wonderful team.

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Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash

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This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.

But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.

He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.

However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.

Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.

After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.

Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.

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