Reported Manchester United and Liverpool target Ivan Rakitic will cost any potential suitors the full £33million release fee if he is to get a move away from current club Sevilla, reports the Daily Express.
Rakitic has just 18 months remaining on his current deal, but Sevilla are confident of reaching a deal with the Croatian International.
"Ivan Rakitic has a year and a half of his contract remaining. I have absolutely no doubts that we're going to reach an agreement with him," club President Jose Castro said speaking at a Sevilla Supporters' Club meeting.
With two of their key assets leaving for Manchester City in the summer, Sevilla could lose a third in January.
With both Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas making moves to England with some success, Rakitic may well have eyes on a similar move, having become frustrated at Sevilla.
And with their lack of silverware, Sevilla could see another star depart for the Premier League.
Rakitic has stepped up to captain this season at Sevilla, and has wasted little time to begin repaying the faith shown in him by boss Unai Emery, netting seven times from midfield already this season.
But Emery could be about to lose his newly appointed captain should he fail to agree a new deal at Sevilla.
"If anyone else is in a rush to have Rakitic, his clause is €40m (£33m) and we'll leave it at that." stated Castro regarding the midfielder.
It is a price that may put off the interest of the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool, something that Castro will undoubtedly want, so that the midfielder is not tempted by a move, to England or anywhere else.
With Liverpool currently missing the ageing Steven Gerrard in midfield, and United without that influence that Paul Scholes brought to the the middle this season.
There are calls from fans for signings to be made, no more so than at Old Trafford following the disappointment that Marouane Felliani has been so far.
And, it is not just the fans calling for an attacking midfield influence at United, with many pundits making the same point this season.
But with both manager's expected to seek new signings in January, it could be a race between the two to seal Rakitic's signature.
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