Schalke's Ivan Rakitic caught the eye during Croatia's win over Germany at Euro 2008. Here, Talking Reds user Johan I he looks at whether the 20-year-old midfielder would make a suitable summer signing for Sir Alex.
Player name: Ivan Rakitic
Match Scouted: Germany v Croatia
Key Moment: Providing the cross that lead to Ivica Olic's goal in the second half.
Strengths: He provides an attacking edge to Croatia that troubled the German defence all game long. He's quick to attack, provides plenty of assists to the strikers, and he's prepared to defend as well. He's got creativity, flair, and vision. Did a good job as a bridge between midfield and attack.
Weaknesses: His lack of experience, but Sir Alex is excellent at nurturing young talent. Rakitic could be an excellent addition to United's midfield.
Suitability: He's only 20 years old and still has plenty of time to improve. He finished his first Bundesliga season with Schalke with 3 goals and 10 assists in 29 appearances. In the future, I could envisage Rakitic becoming a great partner for Anderson in the middle of the park. Rakitic would provide plenty of assists for Rooney and Tevez.
Estimated Cost: He is one the best Croatian youngsters after Luka Modric, so £10-15million.
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