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Ivan Rakitic receives Barcelona & Real Madrid offers

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Sevilla midfield maestro Ivan Rakitic's father has revealed that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have all made concrete offers for the Croatia international, leaving Premier League clubs Liverpool and Chelsea some way behind in the bid to add quality to a central position.

Chelsea and Liverpool in particular have been consistently linked with a move for the playmaker after a fantastic season for Sevilla, which saw the 26-year-old skipper his side to glory in the Europa League.

Rakitic has much to ponder over this summer as clubs cue up to consider meeting his £32.5m release clause, with his father adamant that one of the summer's most sought-after transfer targets will not make a decision over his future until after the World Cup.

Luka Rakitic is quoted by AS as telling Croatian newspaper Jutarnji:  "His brother Dejan, who is his representative, has offers from Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico on the table.

"We will decide after the World Cup. however, the conditions offered are not better than he has in Sevilla."

Barca, Real and indeed Liverpool remain hopeful that Sevilla will consider taking a considerably smaller fee than £32.5m because of the playmaker's contract situation.

Sevilla have their midfield linchpin under contract for just one more season, and although contract talks are thought to be ongoing the lure of Champions League football and a bug fee for the Andalusians could be enough to see them part with a prized asset after the World Cup.

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