Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have all been handed a major boost in their alleged pursuit of Ivan Rakitic after Davor Suker hinted that the Sevilla playmaker could leave the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan this summer.
The Daily Star reports how the president of the Croatian Football Federation has fuelled speculation that the attacking midfielder is seeking a move away from Seville following a standout season in Unai Emery's side.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has been credited with an interest in bringing the 26-year-old to Anfield as he looks to strengthen his squad in preparation for Liverpool's return to the Champions League in 2014/15.
However, the Merseyside club could face significant competition for Rakitic's signature, with Manchester United and Chelsea also mooted as admirers of the Croatia international.
Jose Mourinho knows the player well from his time in La Liga coaching Real Madrid, and might look to lure him to Stamford Bridge, while new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal is also expected to bring a number of new players to Old Trafford ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.
It had been previously suggested that Rakitic will not leave Sevilla for anything less than his £40 million buyout clause, but latest reports imply that a new stipulation in his current contract could allow him to exit for a cut-price £25 million - which will be music to the ears of the player's growing list of suitors.
"I know where he'll be playing next season," intimated Suker. "But I can't say anything."