Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic has admitted he is flattered to be linked with a move to the Premier League, with Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool reportedly interested in a deal for the Croatian.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been attracting interest from a range of clubs, but it is Liverpool that are thought to be the biggest admirers of the Croatia international.
And Rakitic himself has confirmed his interest in a move to the Premier League. He also stated that he will only stay with Sevilla should they strengthen their squad in the summer. But with influential midfielder Jesus Navas poised to join Manchester City, Rakitic's departure looks increasingly likely.
Speaking to 24sata, Rakitic said: "I'm really flattered that I'm being linked with such a big club like Liverpool. I heard that something is happening, but for now there is no concrete offer. My brother, who is taking care of my career, is doing all the business about my future.
"But I will repeat what I said before- I will only stay at Sevilla if they strengthen the team. I made it quite clear about that and they know that they have to buy some good players."
Rodgers will be looking to build on the progress shown last season, as the Anfield club finished in seventh place. Failure to qualify for Europe was the biggest downfall, but the signings of Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge were promising.
And it looks as if Rodgers could turn to Rakitic to ensure the club qualifies for Europe next season, with Sevilla needing to reduce their wage-bill drastically.
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