According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, Ivan Rakitic and Sevilla are moments away from confirming a new deal.
The Croatian midfielder has become hot-property for Europe’s biggest clubs, largely as a result of some spectacular performances this season.
His current deal is set to expire in the summer of 2015, and whereas signing a new deal would usually warn teams off, this peculiar case is more likely to benefit a potential buyer.
The 26-year-old’s present contract has a reported €40m release clause inserted into it, however, Rakitic’s proposal over signing a new deal is to lower that release clause to a more realistic asking price – rumoured to be around €25m.
Mundo Deportivo claim that the final strings attached to the contract were the €1m-plus commission which ought to be paid to Rakitic’s bother – Dejan Rakitic – who just happens to be the player’s agent. As that has now reportedly been paid, all that remains to finalise the deal is a signature and date.
This season, in 24 La Liga starts, Rakitic has netted 10 goals and assisted a further nine – showing precisely why Sevilla were allegedly so reluctant to lower his release clause.
€40m maybe too-much for an untested player in the Premier League, but as a result of his impeding new contract, a lower release clause may just tempt the Premier League title-challengers to attempt a headline-making swoop this summer.
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