Ivan Rakitic can make a move away from Spanish giants Barcelona as footttheball sources reveal that the Croatian player has been a part of a WhatsApp group ‘Juventus’ for the last five months.
His fellow Croatia teammates Mario Mandzukic, Marko Pjaca and his former Barcelona teammate Dani Alves are also members of the WhatsApp group.
Foottheball sources also revealed that the trio has been trying their best to convince Rakitic to make a move to Serie A giants Juventus since last summer.
Rakitic has been continuously lured by messages depicting the incredible atmosphere in the Juventus Satdium and the feeling of brotherhood and solidarity within the dressing room.
And the other members in the WhatsApp group have been sending him selfies after their wins in the league and all other competitions.
Earlier, Rakitic had informed the Juventus stars that he wanted to stay put at Barcelona if Luis Enrique steps down as their manager in the summer.
But now the Barcelona boss came to know about what Rakitic told the Juventus trio about the on-going rifts within the Nou Camp dressing room.
And it is believed that Luis Enrique is not happy with the Croatian after he revealed the real picture of the Barca dressing room to his friends in the ‘Juventus’ WhatsApp group.
Luis Enrique dropped Rakitic in their 1-1 draw with Villarreal at the weekend despite the player having no injury issues.
The Croatian has been under the radar of top clubs such as Manchester City and Juventus.
The ‘Juventus’ WhatsApp group was created after Pjaca joined Juventus from Dinamo Zagreb in the last summer transfer window.
Rakitic had joined Barcelona in 2014 as a long-term replacement for Xavi and since then he has brilliantly adapted to the philosophy followed at Barcelona.
He has delivered several match winning performances and had opened the scoring in Barcelona’s Champions League final victory over Juventus, which completed their treble in 2015.
However, the Croatian has gone down the pecking order after the arrival of Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez in the last summer transfer window.
And it is believed that Juventus are now keen on roping in Rakitic in order to fill the void after Pirlo’s departure in 2015.