£33m United, Liverpool target's agent comments on interested clubs, renewal talks

Ivan Rakitic’s future remains up in the air, according to his agent.

Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic is a wanted man - that much we know.

The Croatian has one year left on his contract at the Sanchez Pizjuan - including a reported £33 million release clause - and has taken La Liga by storm with 12 goals and 10 assists this term.

Manchester United and Liverpool have long been linked with the Croatian playmaker, both looking to add firepower to their midfield ranks for next season despite opposing fortunes.

Meanwhile it’s been suggested in Spain that Atletico Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Rakitic, with Real Madrid still eyeing up the chance to spoil the party.

And to add to the extensive list of suitors, the Italian press has claimed Juventus, Napoli and Lazio are all interested in his services.

All this on top of the possibility that Rakitic could sign a new deal to stay with Sevilla - as sporting director Monchi confidently said earlier this month his star man would do.

“The deal is almost done and I’m not worried about interest from Atletico or Madrid,” he said.

“Rakitic wants to spend many years at Sevilla.”

The midfielder’s agent - also his brother - is not so certain of the 26-year-old’s future, however.

Dejan Rakitic confirmed to cittaceleste.it on Tuesday that he’s spoken to an unnamed pair of Serie A clubs - and insists the situation remains open.

“Rakitic is quite liked in Italy, and I’ve already talked to a couple of clubs interested in him.

“Juventus or Napoli? That I cannot tell you, but it’s certain I haven’t spoken with Lazio.

“We are also considering the possibility of renewing the contract with Sevilla.

“We’re talking with the president, but at the moment nothing is concrete - the situation is in the making.”

In short, it doesn’t seem that any stone is being left unturned by Rakitic and his agent in looking to the future.

Just when it looked that the most likely scenario for the Croatian would be a stay in Spain - whether with Sevilla, Atletico or Real Madrid - it looks as if anything could happen.

The longer Rakitic’s contract talks rumble on the likelier it is Sevilla will sell, presumably to the highest bidder.

For now, we’ll have to wait and see whether Rakitic chooses to stay in Seville or not - and if he doesn’t, which of the myriad interested clubs will put forward the best offer to prise him away.

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