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VALENCIA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07: Ivan Rakitic of Barcelona arrives for the La Liga match between Valencia CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio Mestalla on October 7, 2018 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Manuel Queimadelos Alonso/Getty Images)

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Barcelona sporting director Pep Segura has confirmed reports an offer came in for midfielder Ivan Rakitic during the summer but denied rumours the Catalans were open to a sale. 

Speaking to Sport (h/t AS) Segura explained how Spain’s mandatory buyout clauses can complicate possible transfers:

“We did not contemplate his exit. We knew that he had an option from a foreign club, but we had no interest in him going.

“In Spanish football, there’s a complex weapon with the release clauses. We’re the only league with [mandatory] release clauses and the danger [that the clauses are triggered] is there, but neither the club nor player wanted him to leave.”

Per the report, the Croatia international was strongly linked with Paris Saint-Germain in pre-season.

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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