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Manchester United, Man City and Bayern Munich are ready to battle for £45million Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic

Croatian is set become Barca's most expensive departure if he does leave the Nou Camp

Barcelona could part ways with Ivan Rakitic this summer as Manchester United, Man City and Bayern Munich show interest.

It is believed the Catalan giants could get £45million for the Croatian – which would make him the most expensive player to leave the Nou Camp.

Ivan Rakitic is wanted by Man Utd, Bayern Munich and Man City

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Ivan Rakitic is wanted by Man Utd, Bayern Munich and Man City

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca are reluctant to sell the midfielder after he has been a key player since arriving in 2014.

But with Marco Verrati in Barca’s sights, they may sell the player to raise funds to sign the PSG star.

Ivan Rakitic is a popular star at Barca after arriving in 2014

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Ivan Rakitic is a popular star at Barca after arriving in 2014

Rakitic was Xavi’s successor at the Nou Camp and he has made the position his own – which has led to the likes of United, City and Bayern looking to sign him.

It is believed Man City enquired to make a move for the midfielder last year, but a move never materialised.

Barcelona are closing in on Marco Verratti

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Barcelona are closing in on Marco Verratti

Since arriving at the Nou Camp from Sevilla, Rakitic has won all there is to win with Barca, including La Liga and the Champions League.

Last season the 29-year-old made 58 appearances and netted 12 goals and provided five assists.

It was reported earlier this year that Barca would use Rakitic as bait to land Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Ivan Rakitic has won all there is to win at Barcelona

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Ivan Rakitic has won all there is to win at Barcelona

Phillippe Coutinho insists his focus remains with the Reds

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It was previously reported Barca would use Ivan Rakitic to land Philippe Coutinho
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