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United open talks over Rakitić transfer

Manchester United have opened talks with Barcelona about a possible deal for midfielder Ivan Rakitić.

The Croatian international, who joined Barcelona from Sevilla in July 2014, has been a fixture in the Barcelona side for the past five years, but has started just one game for the club this season, playing just three hours of football in all competitions. Now the Catalans are willing to sell him in January, deeming him surplus to requirements at the Nou Camp.

United have already expressed their interest in signing him, and have opened talks with the Spanish champions, although they may have to pay at least £34 million (€40 million) to secure his services. And they may face competition from Inter Milan who have also made enquiries with the Catalans as to his availability.

If Rakitić does move to Old Trafford, he might find a familiar face there, with United also keen on signing his Croatian international team mate, striker Mario Mandžukić.

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