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Ivan Rakitic takes a £4 million pay cut to re-sign with Sevilla

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Barcelona’s turmoil has its first scalp as Croatian midfield wizard Ivan Rakitic has departed Camp Nou for the humble surroundings of Seville.

Ivan Rakitic’s stay in La Liga has come full circle. He is back at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan after six years in Catalonia.

Rakitic has had a tumultuous 2019/20 season at the Camp Nou, struggling to get regular first-team action. He was consigned to the bench for a large part of the campaign and only injuries allowed him back in first-team contention. 

The disrespect took its toll and the former Schalke 04 man has decided to move on. Daily Mail reported he was close to returning to Sevilla and the deal has been finalized. 

The 2018 World Cup finalist returns to Andalusia at a personal coast, taking a £4 million pay cut to re-sign with Sevilla. 

Rakitic’s decision gives an idea of how bad things are at the Catalan club. Moreover, with Arturo Vida and Luis Suarez also on the transfer list, the environment can hardly be better. 

Joining the trio is Lionel Messi. The Argentine is disenchanted with the current project at the club and does not want to continue at Camp Nou. 

Messi did not appear for training on Monday, August 31 and is at loggerheads with the Barcelona hierarchy.