More good news for FC Barcelona: Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitić has agreed to extend his contract until June 2021.
Additionally, The Croatian's fresh terms include an eye-watering buy-out clause of 125million euros, equating to around $132 million.
The new deal, which he will sign on Friday in the offices of the Camp Nou Stadium raises Rakitic's buyout clause to approximately $137 million making it very unlikely that anyone will attempt to buy him in the near future. Rakitic's previous contract was due to expire in June 2019. This campaign he has six goals to his name in all competitions, on course to surpass his total of nine last season.
However, the 28-year-old has been in and out of the Barcelona side recently, and his lack of minutes and increased competition from Andre Gomes, Denis Suarez and Rafinha fuelled speculation he could join City.
Rakitic, who played a part in Barcelona's incredible 6-1 Champions League victory over Paris St Germain on Wednesday night, moved to the Nou Camp in 2014 from Sevilla. Manager Luis Enrique also gave him the start in recent dramatic Champions League triumph over PSG.