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Paratici rules out Juventus swoop for Rakitic

1st December 2019, 15:34 by Craig Smithson

Juventus will not be making an attempt to sign Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona in January, director Fabio Paratici has confirmed.

The 31-year-old Croatia international midfielder has been linked with a move away from the reigning Spanish La Liga champions having fallen out of favour with coach Ernesto Valverde this season.

Rakitic, who joined Barca from Spanish rivals Sevilla in summer 2014, has already spoken of his frustration at not being a regular in the Catalans side so far this term.

He has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital with Atletico Madrid, while both Milan clubs are thought to be keen to take him to Italy.

A Premier League club – not believed to be long-term suitors Manchester United – reportedly failed with a £13million bid to sign him in the summer.

Juventus were believed to be leading the chase to sign Rakitic, but Paratici has moved swiftly to shoot down the speculation.

Speaking after the side’s surprise 2-2 home draw against Sassuolo on Saturday night, he told ESPN: “We have a great team and are not looking for reinforcement right now. We are strong in every position.

“Rakitic is a great player but we are not interested.”

Juve remain a point clear of Inter Milan at the top of Serie A, despite Saturday’s draw.

Leonardo Bonucci opened the scoring for the Bianconeri after 20 minutes, before Jeremie Boga levelled shortly after.

Sassuolo then took the lead just after the interval as Gianluigi Buffon fumbled Francesco Caputo’s effort into the net.

But Cristiano Ronaldo was on hand to equalise and save his team’s blushes with a penalty with 22 minutes left.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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