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Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura has confirmed reports an offer came in for midfielder Ivan Rakitic during the summer but denied rumours the Catalans were open to a sale. 

Speaking to Sport (h/t AS) Segura explained how Spain’s mandatory buyout clauses can complicate possible transfers:

“We did not contemplate his exit. We knew that he had an option from a foreign club, but we had no interest in him going.

“In Spanish football, there’s a complex weapon with the release clauses. We’re the only league with [mandatory] release clauses and the danger [that the clauses are triggered] is there, but neither the club nor player wanted him to leave.”

Per the report, the Croatia international was strongly linked with Paris Saint-Germain in pre-season.

     

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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