Rakitic was vigorously connected to Serie A pair Juventus and Inter before the exchange window shut, while Premier League mammoths Manchester United were additionally purportedly intrigued.
It came as Rakitic was apparently offered to Ligue 1’s Paris Saint-Germain as a major aspect of an arrangement to prise Neymar back to Camp Nou toward the beginning of the period.
Rakitic keeps on being connected with Italian bosses Juve and when inquired as to whether he might want to play close by five-time Ballon d’Or victor Ronaldo, the 31-year-old revealed to Bleacher Report Football he’s especially open to the possibility.
“Of course I would. He is also one of the greatest players in history,” Rakitic replied. “You enjoy watching him play and he’s doing well at Juventus.”
Rakitic is currently team-mates with Barca captain and six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, who he declared is the greatest of all time.
“It’s amazing to play with him – he’s special. There have been great players in every era, but I’m sure he’s been the best in the last 15 years,” Rakitic said.
“In my opinion, I think he’s the best of all time. Being with him for six years has been incredible.”