After weeks of speculation and rumours, Barcelona has finally announced an agreement to sign Croatian international midfielder, Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla on a five year deal, while also confirming the two-year loan of Denis Suarez to Sevilla.
Barcelon made the official announcement in a message via their club’s official website on Monday evening.
FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ivan Rakitic. Ivan Rakitic will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next five seasons. Both clubs have also agreed for Denis Suárez to be loaned to the Andalusian club for the next two seasons.
26-year-old Ivan Rakitic arrives at the Camp Nou after impressing for three seasons with Sevilla. He has done nothing but improve in his time at the Sánchez Pizjuán, becoming the team’s main central playmaker and captain, leading them to the Europa League title in the 2013/14 season.
Last season, manager Unai Emery usually played him as a central midfielder, and in his finest campaign to date, he made 59 official appearances and scored 15 goals. Rakitic is also one of the stars of the Croatian national team that is currently in Brazil playing at the World Cup.
The official transfer fee for Rakitic is expected to be €18 million, while Sevilla officially have an option to buy Denis Suárez for €6 million after the 2015-16 season with Barcelona retaining a €9 million buy-back option.