The midfielder wanted an extension following an excellent summer at the World Cup, but Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said it’s not possible right now
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United are on alert after Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic was told he would not be getting a new contract.
The Croatia international had asked for a new deal, having impressed at the World Cup where he played in the side that reached the final.
The 30-year-old’s current deal expires in June 2021, but ha had been hoping for an extension, plus a pay rise.
However, Rakitic has now been told he will have to wait until at least next season before any new contract.
“For this campaign, we will not be able to go through with the gesture that Rakitic is asking of us,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told Onda Cero.
“Next season we can look at it in relation to our new revenue.”
That news will be of great interest to the Premier League heavyweights, who have all shown interest in him previously.
The trio now seemingly have a chance of luring the midfielder to England in January if they can offer him the money he wants.
Rakitic, though, is also on Paris Saint-Germain’s radar; the French side having enquired about him during the summer.