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Chelsea plot summer swoop for Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic

There may be two days left until the end of the January transfer deadline looms, but Chelsea are already planning their shopping for the summer window.

And according to Spanish outlet Sport, the Blues have pinpointed Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic as one ideal addition.

The front cover of their publication on Tuesday leads with this story – stating that Chelsea are ready to negotiate with Barca over the possible signing.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic is wanted by Chelsea, according to Spanish paper Sport

However, they report that the midfielder would prefer to remain at the Nou Camp – despite the imminent £65million acquisition Frenkie de Jong from Ajax.

Speaking about his future recently, Rakitic made it clear that he wishes to stay in Catalonia.

‘If I am here [at Barcelona], it’s to play,’ he said.

‘If anything has to change, we will speak. I have a lot of confidence. I know what I can give. I know who I am.

‘I want to be here and, if I can renew, to be here for even more years. I am really happy here, everyone knows it, above all the president. I have nothing else to say.

‘I am 30 and I am in the best moment of my career. I want to enjoy football and enjoy Barca.’

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