Sevilla’s Rakitic is going to be an expensive purchase.
If Liverpool and Manchester United are to buy Ivan Rakitic in January then Sevilla says they will have to pay the midfielder’s £33m release clause.
The Croatia international is a target for some of Europe’s elite having had a brilliant season in La Liga so far in 2013/14.
Rakitic has scored nine goals in all competitions and also contributed 10 assists, but it’s unlikely that any Premier League sides will be willing to pay huge sums for the Croatian.
The midfield ace has entered the final 18 months of the player’s contract, but Sevilla club president Jose Castro is confident of holding onto the 25-year-old and if not, the buy-out fee must be met.
“Ivan Rakitic has a year and a half of his contract remaining. I have absolutely no doubts that we’re going to reach an agreement with him,” Castro was quoted by the Daily Express.
“If anyone else is in a rush to have Rakitic, his clause is €40m (£33m) and we’ll leave it at that.”
Both the Reds and United are in desperate need of midfield support, as both are lacking depth in the middle of the park.
Although Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson have been in great form, the backup of Joe Allen is hardly inspiring and beyond that things look tricky for Brendan Rodgers.
As for the Red Devils, the purchase of Marouane Fellaini on transfer deadline day has failed to inject any creativity into the side.
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