Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly prepared to spend €90 million (£80.9 million) to land Ivan Rakitic and have made contact with Barcelona over a possible transfer.
According to Sport‘s Lluis Miguelsanz, PSG are set to “back up their interest with a firm bid” for the Croatia international, though they are not willing to meet his €120 million (£107.8 million) buyout clause.
Rakitic would reportedly prefer to stay at the Camp Nou rather than leave, but Barca cannot afford to improve the deal he signed last year, and the Parisians are hoping to lure him by doubling his wages.
The midfielder is a key player at Barcelona and appears set to play an even more important role this season now that Andres Iniesta has departed.
The 30-year-old does most of his work in the Blaugrana’s engine room alongside Sergio Busquets, but he’s also an influential presence on the ball.