Manchester United & Chelsea suffer setback in chase for Rakitic

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Sevilla are set to hold talks with the agent of Ivan Rakitic and are confident the midfield star will sign a new long term deal with the club, reports talkSPORT

Rakitic has been in fine form for the Spanish outfit this season and this has led to speculation over his future with the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea reportedly interested in the player's services. 

The 25-year-old has struck eight times in La Liga this season and recently insisted that he was happy with life in Spain. 

And now it appears that Sevilla are ready to tie up a long term deal with the Croatian star as the club's sporting director Monchi revealed that the club will soon speak with the star's agent. 

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Estadio Deportivo, Monchi said: "Next week we are going to have a meeting with his brother [and agent] Dejan, and the club wants Ivan to stay, not only for a year and a half, but for longer.

"We will make every effort within our parameters. The player wants to stay, which has been transmitted in the media, and hopefully that will also assist us. That will help with a push to renew it.

"Still he has a year and a half so it is not a thing that is so urgent that the world will fall, but we know that his will is to stay."

This will come as a blow to both Manchester United and Chelsea as they had hoped to bring the star to England. 

For now though, Manchester United and Chelsea's immediate attention will turn to this weekend's Premier League clash as the two sides prepare to go head-to-head. 

Manchester United travel to Stamford Bridge and will be desperate to secure all three points as they look to climb the table. 

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