Sevilla manager Unai Emery's plans for next season will currently be focused on replacing talismanic midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who will officially become a Barcelona player on July 1. As part of the deal, reported to be around £15 million, Denis Suárez will join Sevilla on a two-year loan, although at 20-years-old the former Manchester City attacking midfielder will struggle to swap straight into the Sevilla first-team.
Emery will undoubtedly have a score of scouts at the World Cup, where one midfielder in particular jumped out as an obvious replacement for Rakitic, Bosnia's all-action anchor Muhamed Besic.
The 21-year-old is currently plying his trade for Ferencváros in Hungary, although he certainly won't be staying at that level, after impressing alongside Miralem Pjanic in Bosnia's midfield.
He was particularly impressive in Bosnia's opening match, against Argentina, when not only did he stifle Argentina's creativity, he also exuded calmness in possession, despite the hostile atmosphere.
Besic came through the ranks at Hamburg, but despite initially impressing, and becoming Bosnia's youngest player at the age of eighteen, found opportunities increasingly limited. His stance wasn't aided by a reportedly violent confrontation with manager Thorsten Fink, and there was little surprise when he was moved on.
Having played in Hungary since 2012, the time has come for Besic to move, and he will have no shortage of clubs keen to gain his signature. Clubs in England, Spain and Germany have apparently registered their interest, although nothing official has been reported in the media yet.
Besic would be an ideal replacement for Rakitic, especially given his age, versatility and the relatively low transfer price he would command. Sevilla will struggle to replace the goals from midfield Rakitic offered, but Besic is a technically strong player, and would also contribute on the defensive side, an area in which Sevilla have been weakened with the loss of Rakitic, and Stéphane Mbia.
Ideally for Sevilla, Besic would cover the defensive hole left by Rakitic, whilst Denis Suárez would contribute further up the field, and look to replicate the goals and assists the Croatian midfielder managed last season.
After finishing 5th in La Liga, and winning the Europa League therefore gaining entry to the Champions League, Sevilla are currently and attractive prospect. In order to compete on dual fronts next season, the Andalusians need to strengthen the depth of the squad. Carlos Bacca's injury hit World Cup is perversely positive for Sevilla, as it increases the chances of hanging on to the powerful striker, who they must not sell if they are aiming to improve on last season.
If Sevilla can convince Besic to join over a host of other clubs then they may just pull of the biggest coup of the transfer window.
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