Liverpool have joined their bitter Premier League rivals Manchester United in the race to finalise the transfer of Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

United have prioritised a central-midfield capture during the upcoming transfer window with Marouane Fellaini is expected to leave the club in the nearby future and long-serving midfielder Michael Carrick is planning to hang his boots on the wall after the season ends.

The Merseyside Reds head-coach boss Jurgen Klopp also has eyes on the Croatian midfielder with German manager sees him as a perfect replacement for Emre Can who has been on the verge to make a move to Juventus.

Although, Rakitic is believed to be keen on to remain at Nou Camp for the rest of his career.

The 30-year-old midfielder who has made the switch to Barcelona back in 2014, has started 29 games in La Liga and the Champions League this campaign..

Liverpool have already agreed on a deal to bring in Naby Keita from RB Leipzig after the end of the current campaign, but Rakitic is a world-class player and would be a perfect addition to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

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