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Barcelona announce signing of Rakitic

Barcelona have announced the signing of Croatia international midfielder Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla on a five-year deal.

Rakitic, who is currently in Brazil on World Cup duty, will fill the void left by Cesc Fabregas, who last week departed Camp Nou to sign for Chelsea.

Barcelona have also confirmed that former Manchester City youngster Denis Suarez will move to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on a two-year loan as part of the agreement.

Rakitic joined Sevilla from Schalke for €2.5 million in January 2011 and gradually established a reputation as one of the finest young playmakers in Europe, eventually being made club captain.

The 26-year-old made 41 appearances for the Andalusians last season, scoring 13 goals, and led the club to glory in the Europa League last term.