Barcelona ‘looking to let midfielders Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig leave in January’ with Inter Milan, AC Milan and Manchester United ‘interested in the Croatian star’
- Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig have had little game time this season
- There are five midfielders ahead of the trio in the pecking order at the Nou Camp
- Barcelona could therefore let them leave in the January transfer window
Barcelona are willing to let Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena and Riqui Puig leave the Nou Camp in January.
The trio have been rarely used by manager Ernesto Valverde due to the sheer number of options he has in midfield, with Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong and Arthur his preferred trio.
Arturo Vidal and Sergi Roberto are also ahead of them in the pecking order.
Barcelona are willing to let Ivan Rakitic leave the Nou Camp in January amid a lack of action
They could also let Carles Alena move elsewhere due to the number of options in midfield
Rakitic has only played for 197 minutes while Alena has been handed 45 by Valverde so far this campaign.
Puig has been playing with the B team and has not been given any time in the first-team.
And according to Sport, they could all take up options to move elsewhere in the winter window.
Riqui Puig could stay at the Nou Camp if the others leave or move on loan if they do not
Rakitic wanted to stay at Barcelona but could instead move to the likes of Inter Milan, AC Milan or Manchester United, with PSG an outside option.
He would prefer a move to Italy or France over a switch to Old Trafford in January.
Spurs and Real Betis want to sign Alena on loan, while Puig could stay if they both leave.
If Rakitic or Alena stay at the Nou Camp, he could instead be sent out on loan to gain experience.