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Sevilla have announced the signing of Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona.
The Croatian returns to the Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan six years after making the move in the opposite direction.
During his first spell at the Andalusian club, the midfielder made 149 appearances, scoring 32 goals and making 41 assists, as well as captaining the side to the 2014 Europa League title.
Rakitic has made a significant financial sacrifice to re-join his former club – further proof that his love for all things Sevilla hasn’t diminished with time.
The 32-year-old’s wish was to return to Seville one day, where he met his wife Raquel Mauri.
The move comes off the back of a difficult season at Barcelona, where his playing time took a considerable hit under both Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien.
Rakitic took issue with the lack of opportunities he was being given on the pitch, adding to his discontent at being put up for sale last summer.
This summer, though, he’s understood that the Catalan club wanted to move him on and has found the perfect exit route – back to Sevilla.
Suarez close to Joining Juventus
With Gonzalo Higuain on the move, Juventus are in the market for a striker and are thought to be closing in on Luis Suarez.
The striker, who has spent six years at Barcelona, had already been contacted by vice president, Pavel Nedved prior to the second meeting.
The player’s contract is thought to be in the region of ten million euros per year after tax which is the same wage Suarez is currently earning at Barcelona.
Juventus would have to pay a further five million euros to secure the Uruguayan, due to Italian taxation.
Another player that Juventus are thought to be interested in is Eden Dzeko from Roma.
However, Juventus would have to pay a transfer fee of around ten million for the Bosnian on top of his wages, something they wouldn’t have to do for Suarez, who would be leaving Barcelona on a free transfer.