Official: Rakitic joins Barca


“FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Ivan Rakitic,” read a statement on Barcelona’s official website.

“Ivan Rakitic will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next five seasons.”

The 26-year-old playmaker spent three years at Sevilla, and enjoyed a stellar season at the club this year, captaining his side to Europa League glory.

He featured in 59 matches in all competitions for Sevilla during their campaign, scoring 15 goals as his side finished fifth in the Spanish standings.

As part of the deal for the Croatian’s arrival to the Nou Camp, Barcelona’s 20-year-old youth product Denis Suárez will be loaned out to Sevilla for the next two seasons.

Rakitic is currently on international duty with Croatia as they participate in this year’s Fifa World Cup in Brazil.