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Football: Barcelona sign Croatia midfielder Rakitic

Published on Jun 17, 2014 6:46 AM
Sevilla's Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic poses with the Europa League trophy upon his team's arrival at Sevilla's airport one day after winning the Europa League final over Benfica on May 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MADRID (AFP) - Barcelona struck a deal to sign big-scoring Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla on a five-year contract, the clubs said on Monday.

The 26-year-old, currently on World Cup duty with the Croatia squad in Brazil, “arrives at the Camp Nou after impressing for three seasons with Sevilla. He has done nothing but improve” there, Barcelona said in a statement.

Sevilla’s captain Rakitic scored 32 goals in his three and a half years with the club and led them to victory in the Europa League title in May.

The two clubs “reached an agreement for the transfer” of Rakitic, who “will sign a contract with FC Barcelona for the next five seasons,” the Catalan club said.

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