?Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has rejected the opportunity to sign Ivan Rakitic, after the Croatian was offered to the Bundesliga giants in the wake of Frenkie de Jong’s imminent summer arrival.
Rumours have been circulating about a potential departure from Catalonia for the 31-year-old, whose days at the Camp Nou look numbered after finding game time less frequent under Ernesto Valverde this season.
One such escape route will not be ?Bayern, however, after ?TZ claimed that ?Rakitic had already been offered to the club a few weeks ago, with Kovac rejecting the offer after deeming the player too old and too expensive.
?Barcelona are eager to offload the World Cup runner up in the summer with De Jong moving to the La Liga giants for £65m at the end of the campaign, leaving Rakitic set to play second, if not third fiddle in the midfield if no transfer is agreed.
Despite being deemed too old to sign by Kovac, after Rakitic turned 31 in March, the midfielder told ?Mundo Deportivo that he is looking to continue playing into his forties, insisting he never grows tired of football.
“I wish I could play until I’m 41, at this moment I feel perfect,” he said.
“I have a lot of football left.