Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic was signed as a way to fill in the absence which was left behind by the former Arsenal player.
4 days after it was officially announced to the public that Fabregas was going to be making his way to Stamford Bridge and join Chelsea, Barcelona confirmed the signing of Ivan Rakitic who will be arriving from Sevilla and is going to be officially unveiled as well as meeting up with his new teammates at Camp Nou.
Despite all of the reports involving Ivan Rakitic being the successor and direct replacement of Cesc Fabregas, the Croatian midfielder has stepped it up during a press conference and revealed that he will not be moving to the Camp Nou to substitute anyone.
“I’m not going to substitute anyone; I’m going to Barcelona to be Ivan Rakitic, to do as best as I can but always being myself’’ Rakitic said.
After the transfer was confirmed by both parties, the president of Sevilla Jose Castro outlined the importance and influence that Ivan Rakitic has made in the Spanish club ever since he joined the squad on January of 2011.
“In just 149 games he has become one of the best players in Sevilla’s modern history. He fitted into the club’s character, which is why we wanted to say goodbye to him here, in his home.” Jose Castro stated.
Rakitic guided and captained Sevilla to their first trophy since 2007 as they overcame the Portuguese side Benfica on a dramatic penalty shoot-out during the finals of the Europa League of that year.
The Croatian is going to wear the number 4 shirt at Camp Nou as he arrives with a price tag of €15 million and the staff members of Barcelona are hoping that the introduction of Ivan Rakitic into the squad will help them restore the club’s former glory days which was something that never really happened with Cesc Fabregas.
The departure of Cesc Fabregas has started a series of rumors which are suggesting that the
The departure of Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona was not a surprise for the Spanish club as they had already signed someone who was going to replace him even before Fabregas signed a 5 year long contract with Chelsea.
The Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic formed an integral part of Sevilla’s UEFA Europa League winning team which motivated Barcelona on making a move for him.
Rakitic penned a contract with Barcelona that will see him playing at Camp Nou at least until 2017 with an option in the agreement that allows the Crotian player on remaining for an extra season with the club if desired.
The star of Sevilla, Ivan Rakitic will be arriving to Camp Nou with a price tag of €15 million but will not officially unveil the player and signing to the public and fans of the club at least until next Tuesday as there are details and paperwork that needs to be verified and has to be in order.
Ivan Rakitic is the 3rd summer signing of Barcelona as they have already secured the services of Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Alen Halilovic. The club of Luis Enrique managed on appealing their transfer ban which was postponed and will start on January of 2015.
While Rakitic will be making his way to Barcelona, Fabregas is yet another player that Jose Mourinho got a hold of before anyone else as the Spanish midfielder is expected to play a huge role in the upcoming season of Chelsea where they will also play in the Champions League and Diego Costa is on the verge of joining the Premier League club as well.
Jose Mourinho is confident that Diego Costa is going to make his move to Chelsea when the 2014 World Cup as Chelsea has launched an offer of €32 million for the 25 year old striker.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has stated that the club should take steps to bring back former midfielder Cesc Fabregas to the club. Fabregas was sold to Barcelona for around £ 35 million a few years ago. This ensured that he returned to the club where he started his career as a youngster. However, the return to Barcelona has been extremely inconsistent for the 26-year-old. The have been times when Fabregas has been criticised by his own supporters. He came close to leaving the club in the summer when Manchester United were heavily interested in him.
After another season of inconsistent form, Fabregas may be put on the market in order to raise money for further purchases. This has opened the window for Arsenal bringing back the player, who did so well for them during his eight-year stay. Wilshere, who has become the new Fabregas within the Arsenal team, says that the Premier league outfit should try and persuade Fabregas to return to the Emirates. Arsenal have already signed a number of high-profile midfielders in recent years with the £ 42 million purchase of Mesut Ozil being the latest.
Arsenal are likely to invest in a striker rather than a midfielder in the summer after Arsene Wenger pointed out the lack of goals from the team.
‘Would you like to have Cesc back in the squad? Of course who wouldn’t?” said Wilshere on his Twitter account. Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Wilshere is likely to be fit along with a couple of other players for the FA Cup final. “Ramsey could be available and Wilshere too. Gibbs is also back in the squad, he has been doing normal training, but Oxlade-Chamberlain is still out,” said the Arsenal manager.
The 22-year-old Wilshere has suffered numerous injury problems this campaign, but he is expected to be fit for the World Cup.