Barcelona midfielder, Ivan Rakitic is on the verge of joining his former team, Sevilla as the clear-out begins at Camp Nou.
Following the hiring of Ronald Koeman as Barca coach, reports revealed that a couple of the team’s old players would be sold to make room for their summer rebuild.
Negotiations between the Andalusian club and Barcelona have accelerated in the last hours, with Ronald Koeman making it clear to Rakitic that he wasn’t in his plans.
According to reports, Rakitic is undergoing the requisite medical tests in Barcelona, ahead of his imminent transfer.
Monchi completed his third signing of the window after Suso and Oscar Rodriguez both arrived on permanent deals, and Rakitic will take the place of the departing Ever Banega.
Rakitic had always been clear that he didn’t want to leave Barcelona, although events of recent months have made that stance waver somewhat.
A departure from Spain itself, though, was always going to be impossible with his family settled and comfortable, so it looked like it would be a direct battle between Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
The latter never appeared though, and now Rakitic will go back to the place he considers to be home, where he enjoyed some of his finest footballing moments.
The deal will be officially completed in the coming hours and he will be expected to lead Julen Lopetegui’s name, signing a contract for three seasons with the last of them between dependent on his performances and number of appearances.