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Arsenal 'enter the race for Ivan Rakitic with Mikel Arteta phoning the Barcelona midfielder'

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Arsenal have reportedly joined the race to sign Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

The 32-year-old is preparing to depart the Nou Camp after six years playing for the Spanish giants.

Le10 Sport claim Mikel Arteta has called him in an attempt to convince him to join the Gunners.

The Arsenal boss outlined how he would use the Croatian at the club, who desperately need to strengthen their midfield.

Rakitic is not particularly interested in a move to the Premier League and would prefer to remain in Spain or head to Serie A.The former Sevilla man is no longer are permanent fixture in Barcelona's first XI, often used from the bench this season.

Since joining the club he has contributed 35 goals and 41 assists in 309 appearances.

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