Arsenal cleared to sign Ivan Rakitic after Barcelona capture of Coutinho

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Arsenal and Liverpool could go head to head in the race to sign Ivan Rakitic, according to reports.

Rakitic has featured regularly for Barcelona this season but his long-term future at the club could be thrown into doubt due to the arrival of Phillipe Coutinho.

The Brazilian left Liverpool for Barcelona last weekend for a Premier League record £142m and that could force exits at the Camp Nou.

Rakitic is one of those players who could suffer as a result of Coutinho’s arrival as reports suggest he could be the one to make way in the starting xi.

Losing his place in the starting xi could possibly throw his future into doubt and Diaro Gol via the Mirror says Arsenal are Liverpool are deliberating whether to make a move.

According to the report, both clubs are confident they can tempt the Croatia international away from the Emirates.

Italian giants Juventus were also thrown into the mix as one of the interested clubs in the winger.

Despite the arrival of Coutinho at the Camp Nou, it would be unrealistic to think that Barcelona would sell Rakitic.

He’s been so important in their team that he’s only missed two games across all competitions this season. It’s only normal for some media outlets to look for a fall guy when a club makes a big signing but the chances that it is going to be Rakitic are slim.