This news has been received from:

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

MIKEL ARTETA approached Ivan Rakitic about a move to Arsenal – but the Barcelona star still wants to reign in Spain.

The Croatia midfielder is believed to prefer a switch to Sevilla and stay in the Spanish sunshine in a deal worth just £9million.

Reuters 2 Gunners boss Mikel Arteta contacted Ivan Rakitic but the Croatian does not want to move to England, preferring his old club Sevilla

Midfielder Rakitic has lifted the Champions League and LaLiga titles with Barca.

ARSENAL NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest Gunners news

But Nou Camp chiefs wants to offload him and his big weages.

They are cost cutting amid huge financial problems caused by the coronavirus.

He has only one year left on his Nou Camp deal and Barca need to sell him this summer.

Rakitic does not fancy playing in England.

The 32-year-old midfielder, offered to Juventus earlier this year, would like to go back to Sevilla.

Rakitic, also wanted by Manchester United and Spurs had three years at Sevilla.

He quit in 2014 for Barca, where he has been for six years.


French media claim Gunners boss Arteta telephoned Rakitic direct.

But the Croatian is not too keen.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Rakitic wants to go to Sevilla.

Most read in Football WEATHER THE STORM How Kieron Dyer ended up at Mayweathers mansion with women everywhere SOR SUBJECT Neymars ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfie GUNNER GO WILD Arsenal fans take to streets to celebrate after historic 14th FA Cup win US INTEREST Who is Henry Mauriss and what is Toon takeover rival to Bin Salman’s net worth? gunners news Arsenal transfer news LIVE - Latest updates from the Emirates TOP FORM Brazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in Formentera

He wants to end his career at the Andalucian club.

Rakitic has previously said: “It would be a great dream to return to Sevilla.”

He could spent four more seasons in southern Spain.

Arsenal fans celebrate on packed bus as some fans ditch social distancing after winning record 14th FA Cup against Chelsea
  • Topics
  • Arsenal
  • Barcelona
  • Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
  • Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
More from The Sun HOUSE OF HORRORS

Haunted’ Louisiana mansion FREE to anybody brave enough to live in it


Bill Clinton flew to Epstein orgy island with two young girls, docs claim


WWEs Natalya stuns in bikini selfie after announcing YouTube series with Lana


True Life star Charlie Balducci dead after he was found unresponsive in bed

Entertainment SOMEONE LIKE NEW

Adele almost unrecognisable as she shows off weight loss and curly hair

  • Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
  • Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
  • Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)
Follow The Sun Services
  • Sign Up To The Sun
  • About Us
  • Editorial Complaints
  • Clarifications and Corrections
  • News Licensing
  • Advertising
  • Contact Us
  • Help Hub
  • Topic A-Z
  • Cookie Settings
  • Contact Preferences


News Source:

Tags: opens in new window click to share on

India's interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalized

Next News:

Leeds line up triple transfer swoop for Premier League return including £25m Buendia from relegated Norwich

LEEDS are reportedly stepping up efforts to boost their firepower ahead of their return to the Premier League.

The Mail report the Championship winners have approached relegated Norwich to register their interest in attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia.

4Relegated Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia is reported to be among the list attackers who have attracted interest from LeedsCredit: Reuters

And the Canaries, who were relegated last month, are understood to want at least £25million for the 23-year-old Argentinian.

While officials at Elland Road are rumoured to have made enquiries about the availability of Bruges winger, and Arsenal target, Emmanuel Dennis. 

And it’s also reported Marcelo Bielsa’s club have approached Bruges’ Belgian rivals Gent over another player the Gunners are eyeing, Jonathan David. 

However the 20-year-old Canada international is believed to be keen on a move to Ligue 1 side Lille who finished fourth in France’s top division last term. 

Brentford’s in-form forward Ollie Watkins is reported to be another target on Leeds boss Bielsa’s transfer list. 

The news comes amid rumours the Yorkshire club could be set to battle Chelsea for the signature of Watkins’ teammate Said Benrahma. 

Watkins, 24, has been in fine form for Brentford, netting 25 Championship goals for the club in 46 appearances this term. 

4Arsenal target Jonathan David is rumoured to be a summer transfer target for Leeds. However, the Gent player is rumoured to be keen on a move to Ligue 1 giants Lille

The Torbay-born forward’s strikes include the opener in their 3-1 win against Swansea which secured the Bees’ play-off final place against Scott Parker’s Fulham on Tuesday. 

Other stars thought to be summer targets for Leeds include Wigan Athletic midfield starlet Sean McGurk, who’s also of interest to Tottenham.

Should Leeds sign the 17-year-old, he’ll be joining his former striker teammate Joe Gelhardt. 

Last month SunSport revealed that Gelhart, 18, completed a £1milion move to Elland Road from the cash-strapped Lactics. 

4 Joe Gelhardt signed from Leeds from Wigan Athletic in July. It's reported the Elland club are also interested in signing another Lactics starlet Sean McGurkCredit: Rex Features 4 Most read in footballPicturedOH MY RODGeorgina Rodriguez wows fans as she shares saucy new workout video on InstagramWEATHER THE STORMHow Kieron Dyer ended up at Mayweather's mansion with 'women everywhere'PicturedSOR SUBJECTNeymar's ex-girlfriend Soraja Vucelic almost pops out of dress in steamy selfiePicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraHANDLE ON THINGSChelsea fans fume after Martinez goes unpunished for 'blatant handball'Live Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE - Latest updates from the Emirates

At the time it was reported the struggling club, who considered Gelhart one of their top prospects, had no money to pay the salaries of their playing staff. 

Meanwhile, Leeds, who won the Championship with a ten-point lead, are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer. 

The club, who spent 16 years. out of the Premier League until their promotion this term, will be keen to cement their place in the division.

How Leeds could line up next season, with Ibrahimovic and Cavani in attack plus Quarta and Bravo in defence

Other News

  • Tropical storm warning issued for tri-state space as Isaias approaches
  • Tropical storm warning issued for tri-state area as Isaias approaches
  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta sends classy message to mentor Pep Guardiola after FA Cup win over Chelsea
  • Arsenal set £40m transfer fee for bad-boy Matteo Guendouzi with Juventus and Barcelona linked
  • Philippe Coutinho, Thomas Partey and Willian: Mikel Artetas Arsenal transfer targets
  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is ‘ready to sell nine players’ to raise transfer funds for squad overhaul
  • FA Cup winners Arsenal target Sevilla’s Brazilian defender Diego Carlos as Mikel Arteta plans a summer overhaul
  • Newly-free Tekashi 6ix9ine enjoys ice cream, selfies with fans in NYC
  • Mikel Arteta pleads with Arsenal hero Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to sign contract and become a legend
  • Man Utd’s Jadon Sancho transfer pursuit could rely on Dortmund landing Memphis Depay as replacement
  • Mikel Arteta uses clever 3-4-3 to attack with solid 4-5-1 in defence to bring success to Arsenal
  • Man Utd urged to ‘go and get’ Jadon Sancho and Jack Grealish in summer transfer window by club legend Ryan Giggs
  • Barcelona ‘won’t even try’ to sign Neymar or Lautaro Martinez, says president as he predicts four-year transfer drought
  • Chelsea step up Nick Pope transfer chase but Burnley boss Sean Dyche ‘wants £50m’ for England stopper
  • Mauricio Pochettino opens door to Barcelona job despite claiming he’d rather work on a FARM due to Espanyol loyalties
  • Barcelona give up on bringing Neymar back to Camp Nou
  • Barcelona President Downbeat on Neymar, Lautaro Transfers
  • Mesut Ozil congratulates Arsenal on FA Cup win with midfielder absent from Wembley win after trip to Turkey