The last summer was atypical for Real Madrid. Los Blancos didn’t sign any big player and they only got Álvaro Morata, after two years playing for Juventus, and Marco Asensio, who was on loan at Espanyol. Both players were unveiled by the president Florentino Pérez at Santiago Bernabéu but Real Madrid supporters already knew them.
However, Los Blancos tried to sign several players. Especially, they put their eyes on Paul Pogba, who finally joined Manchester United after a record-fee deal. N’Golo Kanté or Moussa Sissoko were other Premier League players that were interesting for Real Madrid.
Zinedine Zidane wanted some other player for midfield and the club was looking for all the possibilities, including the footballers in the big rivals FC Barcelona. According to Mundo Deportivo, Real Madrid tried to sign Ivan Rakitic this summer but people around the Croatian footballer said: “No, thanks”.
FC Barcelona signed several players in the midfield this summer, including André Gomes, Denis Suárez and Arda Turan, who didn’t join Barça this year but he didn’t show his quality last year. With so many competitors, Real Madrid spotted the possibility to ‘steal’ Rakitic but it wasn’t possible.
It would have been a good signing for Real Madrid, although Rakitic position is well covered at Real Madrid. The team needs another stopper, especially now that Casemiro is injured, but there are several players in the midfield: Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Isco, James Rodríguez, Mateo Kovacic… All of them could play in Rakitic position, so it looks quite unlikely that Los Blancos could have tried actually this movement.
Rakitic is currently injured and he missed the last Barcelona game against Celta, where they lost 4-3. The Croatian also missed some important games such as Sporting Gijón or some minutes against Leganés. Luis Enrique has more players to choose from and he gives some rest to his stars.