Reds chief Brendan Rodgers has made a deep-lying creative player one of his top targets this summer, as he prepares to a build a squad capable of challenging for Champions League qualification.
Former Anfield idol Xabi Alonso has been mooted a potential target, but reports now suggest that Rakitic is the Northern Irishman’s preferred option.
The Croatian is a closer fit to the Merseysiders’ current transfer policy, with his age, 25, more attractive than Alonso’s.
Rakitic was one of the most creative players, outside of Barcelona and Real Madrid, in La Liga last term, registering an impressive ten assists.
With Joe Allen having struggled to live up to his billing in a red shirt and Steven Gerrard nearing the latter stages of his career, Rodgers is keen to add further strength to his engine room.
Due to Sevilla having struggled to a ninth placed finish in the Spanish top flight, a number of their high-profile players are expected to leave the club for reduced fees.
As a result, Liverpool are confident that a bid of £12m could push through a speedy transfer.
The Reds have already been active in the transfer market of late, with Kolo Toure having agreed move from Manchester City and Celta Vigo attacker Iago Aspas believed to be on the verge of completing an £8m switch.
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