IVAN RAKITIC has made a sensational U-turn and is now thought to be “ready to listen to offers” to join Manchester United.
After insisting he wanted to stay at the Nou Camp all summer, the Croatian star, 31, is now willing to quit, according to reports in Spain.
Juventus and Inter Milan are both hoping to sign Rakitic, but Man Utd could be in pole position having first expressed their interest months ago, claim Marca.
The report claims United chiefs have been “stalking” the midfield maestro “for months” – as they were linked time and time again during a hectic summer transfer window.
Earlier this week, it was revealed Rakitic was itching to quit Barca – but wanted a move to AC Milan or Paris Saint-Germain.
The Croatian legend admitted he was searching for a way out of the Catalan capital.
And it was believed that Man Utd were intalks with Barcelona over a 35m switch.
However, Rakitic is seemingly against off a move to the Premier League due to family reasons.
Speaking about his future, the midfielder recently revealed: “I don’t know what will come now.
“It’s tough because I want to play and not just be part of the team. I will do everything possible to change my situation.
“I have two years left on my deal and there’s no better place to play than Barcelona, the best club in the world, but I need to play and not just enjoy walks around the city and the beach.
“I spoke with people at the club everyone knew I had other options. I want to fight so that the team see me ready to deliver on the pitch.
“I want to thank the fans for the affection they showed me this weekend, but if nothing changed, we will have to sit down and talk about my situation again.”