Manchester United and Liverpool have been told they must pay the £33million release clause to sign Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitic, according to the Daily Express.

The Croatian midfielder has openly admitted he is growing frustrated with the lack of success at the La Liga club, which has alerted a number of clubs from the Premier League and across Europe.

Rakitic has just 18 months remaining on his current contract, and Sevilla are aware they may be forced to sell him in January to avoid losing him for a cut price figure further down the line.

The club were forced to sell key players such as Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Geoffrey Kondogbia in the summer, although club president Jose Castro is confident he can keep Rakitic at the club.

“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,” Castro said speaking at a Sevilla Supporters’ Club meeting.

“If anyone else is in a rush to have Rakitic, his clause is €40m (£33m) and we’ll leave it at that.”

Rakitic has scored seven goals and provided five assists during the first half of the season.

Both David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers have suggested they will be active during the January transfer window, with both managers identifying Rakitic as a top target.

 

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