€40m Manchester United target agrees 4-year-deal in Madrid - report

Ivan Rakitic

Liverpool and Chelsea were also said to be keen on Sevilla playmaker Ivan Rakitic.

Spanish football has found a new star this term with Sevilla’s charge in the league and in Europe led by the astonishing Croatian international Ivan Rakitic.

In November the Sevilla captain refused to sign a new deal at his La Liga outfit - despite admitting he is happy at Sevilla. Since then it is no surprise that his name has been linked with several of the biggest players in the market across Europe.

Obviously that includes Premier League outfits. The Croatian has been linked with moves to Manchester United and Liverpool- while Chelsea have also been tentatively linked with his services.

His reported release clause is at €40 million - and while interested parties would love to spend less considering his form this season they might just stump up the cash for the talented maestro.

He has demonstrated his excellence on more than one occasion this season - but perhaps the best of his 13 goals and 12 assists came against Real Madrid.

His tremendous backheel fed Carlos Bacca - who raced clear to score in the 2-1 win. The Croatian’s talents were seemingly not lost on Carlo Ancelotti.

Because the rumour mill has churned and it seems the likes of Barcelona, Manchester United and co will all miss out on Rakitic - as he is reportedly set to join his international team-mate Luka Modric at The Bernabeu.

Spanish source AS is reporting that a deal is done and he will sign a four-year deal to become a Galactico before heading to Brazil with Croatia.

For any Premier League team chasing the player who has been the best midfielder in La Liga this term it is obviously a massive body blow.

Nothing official has yet come from either club but AS is a generally reliable source - and he would be a good addition to Madrid’s already talented midfield operation.

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