Barcelona are reportedly prepared to step up their efforts to sell midfielder Ivan Rakitic.
While the Croatia international and manager Ernesto Valverde have previously hinted at another year at Camp Nou, Barcelona view selling the 31-year-old as a method of raising transfer funds.
Having only named Rakitic on the substitutes' bench for the club's opening two La Liga fixtures, Valverde has allegedly had a change of heart and given the green light to a sale.
According to AS, Barca will now accelerate their attempts to cash in on the player before the end of the summer transfer window.
Rakitic still has just under two years remaining on his contract.body check tags ::