The representatives of Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic are reported to be hopeful their client, who is a reported target for both Manchester United and Liverpool, could be available on the relative cheap.
It has widely been reported that the Croatia international has a €40 million release clause written into his current deal with Sevilla but, according to EstadioDeportivo, his agents are attempting to negotiate a far reduced fee.
Rakitic is contract until 2015 and would be willing to extend his stay at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán were a more competitive buyout stipulation entered into it, with €15 million reported to be the fee desired by the player’s camp.
Sevilla are expected to contest this, given that they are willing to break their pay structure to keep their key performer, but such news would surely alert Liverpool, Manchester United and other supposed interest parties.
Midfield is an area in which David Moyes is expected to make further reinforcements in the summer transfer window, having spent a club record fee to bring Juan Mata to Old Trafford during January.
Rakitic could be that player, particularly if he is available at €15 million, although Moyes may find that he is contested by Liverpool counterpart.
Liverpool have also been credited with interest in the 25-year-old, who has scored 10 goals and provided seven assists in 21 La Liga appearances.