Liverpool target £12m Sevilla star after scouting trip

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Liverpool are being linked with a £12million move for Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic.

The Daily Star claims Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has previously sent scouts to watch the player, and could be poised to make a bid for the 25-year-old in the summer transfer window.

Rakitic moved to Sevilla from Schalke in January 2011, and has struggled to help the club compete in La Liga. He’s also issued a warning that, if new players aren’t added, he may have to leave.

“I have a two-year contract and I'm very satisfied and happy at the club, although it's true that the situation in general is not attractive," he told Croatian newspaper Sportske Novosti.

"The club have asked me to say on, they said they wanted to build a new team  around me. I told them that I want to see what they have done in terms of signings.

"We must build a team which will be better than this season. We will see what happens in the summer."

Liverpool could make that decision much easier with a bid, as Rodgers looks to strengthen his side for a crack at the top four next season.

The Reds failed to qualify for Europe last term, but improved from January onwards following the arrival of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge.

Rakitic could move Liverpool even further forward, and with Sevilla needing to balance their books further following the sale of Jesus Navas, the Merseyside outfit could cash-in on the player.

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