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