Juventus could swap players with Barcelona

Reports in Spain and Italy suggest Juventus could try to bring Ivan Rakitic from Barcelona in exchange for Federico Bernardeschi.

The proposal had already been suggested over the summer, but never came to fruition.

Now La Repubblica newspaper, Calciomercato.com, Fichajes.net and Calciomercato.it are pushing the revival of this idea for the January transfer window.

Both players are struggling for time due to their tactical positions and would relish a new lease of life elsewhere.

Rakitic has long been linked with a Juventus move, while he was also of interest to Milan and Inter.

It seems that firing Ernesto Valverde to bring in Quique Setien could prompt a clear-out of the old guard at Camp Nou.

As for Bernardeschi, the Italy international has a great deal of potential, but struggled to work as a trequartista in Maurizio Sarri’s side.

He does not have the right characteristics to play in his midfield either, so could be used as a pawn on the transfer market.