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Barcelona snap up Rakitić from Sevilla

Published: Monday 16 June 2014, 20.44CET
FC Barcelona have moved swiftly following Cesc Fàbregas's departure to Chelsea FC after signing Sevilla FC and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitić on a five-year contract.
Barcelona snap up Rakitić from Sevilla
Ivan Rakitić will be hoping for further success at the Camp Nou ©AFP/Getty Images
 
 
 
Published: Monday 16 June 2014, 20.44CET

Barcelona snap up Rakitić from Sevilla

FC Barcelona have moved swiftly following Cesc Fàbregas's departure to Chelsea FC after signing Sevilla FC and Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitić on a five-year contract.

FC Barcelona have announced the capture of Sevilla FC's UEFA Europa League-winning captain Ivan Rakitić for a fee reported to be in the region of €20m.

Currently on international duty with Croatia, who began their FIFA World Cup bid with a 3-1 defeat by Brazil on Thursday, Rakitić has agreed a five-year contract with the Blaugrana and recently appointed coach Luis Enrique. Midfielder Denis Suárez, 20, will be loaned the other way for the next two seasons as a makeweight.

The 26-year-old Swiss-born playmaker developed into a crowd favourite at Sevilla after joining from FC Schalke 04 for €1.5m in January 2011. He scored 25 goals in 117 top-flight games for the Nervionenses and capped his three-and-a-half-season stay in Andalusia with a man-of-the-match performance in May's UEFA Europa League final, when Unai Emery's side defeated SL Benfica on penalties in Turin.

An FC Basel 1893 youth-team product, Rakitić has thus far registered 9 goals in 63 internationals for Croatia. He will join fellow new signing, former VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen, at Barcelona following Croatia's participation at the World Cup finals.

Barcelona and Sevilla will open their respective 2014/15 UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League challenges from the tournaments' group stages.

Last updated: 19/06/14 11.09CET

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