Paris Saint-Germain and AS Monaco are both reportedly preparing bids for Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
The ambitious French sides have each made substantial offers for the Croatian star after his impressive World Cup and are willing to raise the stakes in order to meet his £112.million release clause.
According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo , Rakitic’s displays did not go unnoticed among the European elite and a number of clubs are now set to fight it out for the 30-year-old’s signature.
Even his nine-figure release clause is not enough to deter some of the wealthiest clubs.
Rakitic played more games for Barcelona than anyone else last season under Ernesto Valverde and alongside Sergio Busquets he has become a key member of the illustrious midfield line-up.
There had been some speculation that Rakitic could form part of a part-exchange with Manchester United for Paul Pogba but the financial firepower of the French is a bigger worry for Barcelona.
As their world-record swoop for Neymar made patently clear, PSG have no qualms about raiding the Camp Nou for their top talent, while Monaco have something in the region of £160million to spend this summer following the recent sales of Kylian Mbappé, Thomas Lemar and Fabinho.
The Monte Carlo club have already brought in Aleksandr Golovin, another of the stars of Russia 2018, but their 3-0 defeat to their Parisian rivals in the French equivalent of the Community Shield was a wake-up call as to the growing gap between the two main competitors for the Ligue 1 title.
The Croatian, who has a contract keeping him in Catalonia until 2021, apparently has little interest in leaving Barcelona while Barcelona, for their part, currently have no intention of selling him – so any deal would be a testament to how much money talks in the modern transfer market.