Manchester United target Rakitic denies contract agreement

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Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic has denied he has agreed to sign a new contract with his current employers. Rakitic will reportedly be a target for Manchester United and Liverpool in the summer transfer window.

Rakitic has one of the most in-form midfielders in Europe this season, scoring 10 goals and providing 66 chances of Sevilla in all competitions, leading to frequent reports about his long-term future at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán.

Speculation about the situation of Rakitic with Sevilla has been fuelled by the fact his contract expires at the end of next season, with there no clear indication that he will choose to renew his deal with the club. The Croatian has responded to suggestions that he has committed his future by denying this is case, while appearing to leave the door open for Manchester United, Liverpool and others.

“No, that's not true,” Rakitic told JutarnjiList. “Nothing, we have not agreed on anything I have not decided.”

It has been widely reported that the current contract of Rakitic contains a release clause of €40 million, while there have been suggestions he would be willing to pen a new deal were this stipulation to be decreased.

A hypothetical outlay of €40 million would certainly be within the financial reach of Manchester United or Liverpool, but it would appear unlikely David Moyes or Brendan Rodgers would pursue such a move for a player with only 12 months left on his contract.

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