Rakitic's agent hints at exit after questioning Barcelona's midfield buys

The Blaugrana's policy of strengthening their options in the middle of the park has been questioned by Croatia star's representative, who tweeted "I think it is time to go..."

Ivan Rakitic's agent has cast doubt on the Croatia star's future at Barcelona with a cryptic tweet that appeared to question the Liga champions' transfer policy.

Barcelona announced on Thursday that they had clinched a deal to bring in Portugal international Andre Gomes from Valencia.

The transfer will swell their midfield ranks, with Gomes joining fellow new arrival Denis Suarez alongside Rakitic, Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, Arda Turan, Rafinha, Sergi Samper and Sergi Roberto.

Rakitic has been an influential member of Luis Enrique's side on the way to back-to-back domestic doubles over the previous two seasons and he memorably opened the scoring in the 2015 Champions League final win over Juventus.

However, Rakitic's representative Miquel Sors has hinted his client should think about his options after tweeting, "Cero que es hora de irse..." on Friday, which translates as "I think it is time to go".

Sors then retweeted a post from Radio Kanal Barcelona presenter Marcal Lorente listing Barca's midfield resources and his opinion that some would have to leave.

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The agent replied to this by stating he had not referred to any specific player and said Barcelona were "simply overbooking".

Speaking ahead of the Andre Gomes news at a media conference on Thursday, Luis Enrique had stated the remaining priority for the club during this transfer window was to bring in a striker.