Sevilla star set to sign new deal, but Liverpool may be even more tempted to bid

Ivan Rakitic

Ivan Rakitic is ready to put pen-to-paper over a new deal at the La Liga club.

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.

One club who has been linked with Sevilla’s star player is Liverpool, and the Reds’ boss Brendan Rodgers reportedly sent scouts to watch him in action.

€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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