According to reports, Chelsea will focus on signing Barcelona midfielder and Croatia international Ivan Rakitic at the end of the 2018/19 football season.
Chelsea are searching for a suitable and like-for-like replacement for Cesc Fabregas who left to join Ligue 1 outfit Monaco earlier in January.
The Blues have already completed their search for a striker this season with the loan acquisition of Gonzalo Higuain. Their priority is now to reinforce the central midfield position that has only Jorginho as the perfect fit in Maurizio Sarri’s system.
it is believed that Ivan Rakitic is high on Maurizio Sarri’s wishlist and Chelsea believe they can strike a deal with Barcelona who have already agreed a deal that will see Frenkie de Jong move to the Camp Nou from Ajax in the summer.
Ivan Rakitic replaced Cesc Fabregas when he left Barcelona for Chelsea and has spent 5 seasons at the Camp Nou in a trophy-laden spell with the Catalans.