Chelsea & Liverpool continue to track €40m ace

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Premier League duo Chelsea and Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Manchester United target Ivan Rakitic.

TalkSPORT suggest both Jose Mourinho and Brendan Rodgers are keen on bringing the Croatian midfielder to England in the summer.

Manchester United have been strongly linked with a move for the Sevilla captain over the course of the season - but their interest may have waned since the dismissal of David Moyes.

The Scotsman's sacking could open the door for either Chelsea or Liverpool to sign Rakitic at the end of the campaign.

Rakitic has garnered several suitors this season after an incredible nine months for Sevilla in Europe and La Liga.

The 26-year-old, who is expected to play a significant role at the World Cup for Croatia, has scored 12 goals and claimed 10 assists in La Liga so far this season.

Rakitic's brother recently said the Sevilla midfielder was being chased by a number of Serie A sides - with Juventus and Napoli both said to be interested in enticing the La Liga midfielder to Italy.

Dejan Rakitic said: "He is much admired in Italy and I have already talked to a couple of clubs interested in him.

"I can not confirm who they are, but we are also considering the possibility of renewing the contract with Sevilla.

“We're talking to the president, but at the moment there is nothing concrete."

Chelsea and Liverpool will have to stump up €40million if they are going to have any chance of signing the highly-rated midfielder.

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