Spurs set to battle United in race for Croatian starlet

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Manchester United and Spurs are two of the clubs monitoring Croatian playmaker Ivan Rakitic, according to the player's agent.

The Schalke 04 midfielder has been earning rave reviews for his performances in the Bundesliga, leading to a host of Barclays Premier League clubs monitoring the situation.

Tottenham Hotspur are one of those monitoring the player dubbed 'the next Luca Modric', according to the player's representative, although it's unlikely that a move will take place before the summer.

Manchester United, Everton and Bolton Wanderers are thought to be the other English clubs taking an interest in the player, and Michael Urscheler confirmed the interest in an interview with


“There is truth in the clubs mentioned. Ivan is coming to end of his contract at Shalke. If Ivan changes his club now it must be for a club that can match his ambitions. He will be a free agent in the summer. So he must make a decision and we are open to offers."

“Tottenham have some good players, as do the other clubs mentioned, but it depends on the needs of the manager," he continued when talking about English interest.

"I don’t know currently what Sir Alex Ferguson thinks about Rakitic, but it is sure that he knows him, but we will see."

A 25 cap international for Croatia, Rakitic is seen as the rising star in his country, and his style and skills have led to obvious Spurs star and compatriot Modric.

Harry Redknapp has a plethora of midfielders to choose from at White Hart Lane, but the Spurs boss will be keen to strengthen again should the north London outfield be involved in Champions League activity once again.

Manchester United's interest seems more ambiguous, but the Old Trafford outfit appear to have some sort of interest in the 22-year-old and could look to secure a pre-contract deal for the player.

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