Rakitic was a thorn in the flesh of Argentine defenders, who failed to curtail the midfielder in yesterday’s World Cup game between Argentina and Croatia.
Rakitic was everywhere on the pitch throughout the encounter as he ensured that his Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi had a quiet night during the game.
The European nation thrashed their American counterparts by a 3-goal margin to qualify to the next round round of the ongoing FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Having seen his eye-catching display against Argentina coupled with his exploits for the Blaugranas throughout last campaign, Mourinho is reportedly chasing after his signature as part of his move to bolster his midfield’s quality ahead of the 2018-19 season.
According to Spanish media outlet Dario Gol, the Croatian is hoping to finish his career in the Premier League and that could influence his decision to join the Red Devils who could be making a big-money move to capture his services before the end of the ongoing transfer window.
At 30, Rakitic is edging closer to the latter stages of his career and that means he needs to move to the English League if he must achieve his dream of playing for a Premier League club before the end his fairly successful career.
The Portuguese manager is said to offer £35m (€40m) for Barcelona for his signature.