Barcelona Had Replacement Lined Up

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.

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CESC AIDS RECOVERY

Barcelona recently recovered from the wobble by managing a 2-1 win over Manchester City in the Champions League. This helped them reach the quarter-finals of the competition, but there is a danger of the club losing out on the league title to either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid. This is because they have suffered three league defeats in the last six matches and it has seen Real Madrid transform a six-point deficit into a four-point advantage with only a handful of matches remaining in the campaign. However, the Manchester City victory has put the club back on track according to midfielder Cesc Fabregas.

Barcelona have struggled for consistency under Gerardo Martino, who has also been attempting to change the style of play at the club. Fabregas has been playing a much more crucial role at the club this season and it is widely rumoured that the club are preparing for the exit of Xavi. The 26-year-old Fábregas, though, is looking at this season and says that there is no reason why Barcelona should go on and win the three trophies on offer – league title, Champions League, and Copa del Rey. The club will be taking on archrivals Real Madrid in the final of the Copa del Rey.

“I was worried that people were being overly critical of the team from all corners, because I see otherwise. I see the team wanting to be reborn. We will give it everything and the club is very much favoured in all three competitions. Yes, I’d rather avoid Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the Champions League last eight. But then again there’s also Chelsea, while Paris Saint-Germain have taken a leap in quality – any opponent are now difficult,” said Fabregas.

Fabregas has contributed 28 goals for the club in just 42 appearances this campaign.

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