Barcelona in search for direction

“It looks set to be a busy summer transfer window for both of La Liga’s top clubs.

Real Madrid are set to undergo a well-documented summer rebuild under Zinedine Zidane after their miserable season.

But it seems Barcelona could also have plenty of business to do, with three big names being heavily linked with summer exits from the Nou Camp.

According to ESPN , Croatian ace Ivan Rakitic is the first team star with the biggest question mark surrounding his future, whilst Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti could also be moved on.

Experienced midfielder Rakitic has been heavily linked with an exit since the club splashed the cash to secure the signing of Frenkie De Jong, who will arrive in the summer.

Rakitic, who has been linked with a Premier League move to Manchester United or Chelsea as well as Serie A giants Juventus and Inter Milan, is said to be awaiting an improved contract offer from Barcelona.

The Catalan club turned down a big-money offer from Paris Saint-Germain for Rakitic last year but may now be forced to sell him if he cannot be convinced to sign a new deal.

Coutinho has also been linked with an exit as they aim to cut their losses following his miserable season at the Nou Camp.

Premier League clubs are said to be interested in handing him a return to England, although Paris Saint-Germain looks his most likely destination.

French defender Umtiti has been plagued by a knee injury throughout the season and Ernesto Valverde is also considering cutting ties with him in favour of more reliable options.

Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt has been rumoured to be considering following team-mate De Jong to Barcelona, whilst they also signed young defender Jean-Claire Todibo in January.”

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