After winning FA Cup, Arsenal eye world record move for top Barcelona star

– Ivan Rakitic who plays for Barcelona has emerged as target for EPL side Arsenal

– The Gunners are planning to bolster their squad ahead of next Premier League term

– Rakitic on the other hand is said to be interested in making a move to Sevilla

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Barcelona superstar Ivan Rakitic has reportedly emerged as summer transfer target for Premier League side Arsenal who are planning to bolster their squad for next season.

This comes less than 48 hours that the North London side won the 2020 English FA Cup final in which Gabonese striker Aubameyang scored the two goals for the Gunners.

According to the report on UK Sun, Barcelona are also planning to offload the Croatia international and they are looking for the club that can meet their asking price.

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The 32-year-old has only one more year left on his current contract at Barcelona and the Catalans would have to sell him this summer or lose him for free.

But the report added that Rakitic himself does not fancy moving to the Premier League and would instead love to join Sevilla.

Rakitic who is also wanted by Manchester United spent three years at Sevilla before he joined Barcelona in 2014 where he has won the Champions League and the League title.

Meanwhile, Rakitic and his Barcelona teammates are preparing for their Champions League tie against Napoli with the hopes of progressing to the next round.

They were sent out of the Champions League last season by Barcelona.

Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona star, reportedly emerges as target for Arsenal

Ivan Rakitic, Barcelona star, reportedly emerges as target for Arsenal (photo: Getty)
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Earlier, had reported how Mikel Arteta thanked Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola for how he helped his coaching career while under him as assistant at the Etihad.

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Arteta on Saturday evening, August 1, recorded his name in the history books by steering Arsenal to win the English FA Cup beating Chelsea in the final.

Arsenal started the encounter impressively, but the Blues took the lead at the Wembley stadium before Gabonese striker Aubameyang scored twice to give the Gunners the win.

Before joining Arsenal as coach where he replaced Unai Emery, Mikel Arteta worked as an assistant coach to Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for three years.

And during his stint at Manchester City, Mikel Arteta won five titles with Guardiola including last year’s FA Cup title.

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