Manchester United & Chelsea tried to sign Ivan Rakitic

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The father of Sevilla star Ivan Rakitic has confirmed that Chelsea and Manchester United contacted him about signing his son.

Rakitic has been in inspired form for the La Liga club so far this season and has been linked with a move to both Manchester United and Chelsea this month.

However, Sevilla are unwilling to sell their captain and have told all interested parties that they'll have meet his £33m release clause if they want to sign him this month.

"If anyone else is in a rush to have Rakitic, his clause is €40m (£33m) and we'll leave it at that," the club president Jose Castro said to reporters.

David Moyes has been actively looking for creativity to add to the midfield at Old Trafford but must have been put off by Sevillia's reluctance to sell.

But it could have been so much better for Moyes and Jose Mourinho, after it was revealed that both clubs came close to signing the player when he was much younger.

They player's father revealed he had talks with both Manchester United and Chelsea, who both offered him and his son the chance to go to England to discuss terms.

Luka Rakitic is quoted by 24 Sata as saying: "They called me from Chelsea, Manchester United and offered flights to come. I refused. I told them, 'Thank you, but I do not need your money for the tickets, I 'll buy them.'

"Although it was a tad difficult, I worked several jobs, I did not want anyone's money."

After signing Nemanja Matic from Benfica, Chelsea will be unlikely to make a move for the player in the near future but reports that Rakitic's new contract will have a £25m release clause on it will alert Moyes once again.

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