Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic has watched teammates Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Gary Medel trade La Liga for the Premier League, and now the Croat has the chance to join them.
Rakitic was left frustrated when the big names parted ways with the Seville-based club over the summer. Speaking with Slovakian website Nogomania, via Richards, the Croatian international said:
A football player can never say with certainty that he will remain in his club. Such is the nature of our business. I'm in Seville for three years now and in this time many things have changed.
It is clear that in such a big club people cannot be satisfied with average results. If there is no success, if there are no trophies, frustration grows. Everything has changed.
Sevilla currently sit seventh in La Liga and if Rakitic is to jump ship in January then Liverpool should be first in line with an offer.
The reported price tag of €40 million is quite a hefty sum but Rakitic has all the characteristics to succeed in the Premier League.
The 25-year-old has the potential to become something of a cult hero at Anfield and with Steven Gerrard turning 34 next year, Rakitic could be an ideal replacement.
The former Schalke man is a central midfielder who has spent much of this season playing in an advanced role. He is, however, equally comfortable being deployed a little deeper and out wide on the left, where he featured on occasion last season.
Ivan Rakitic: Has played more accurate crosses (37) than any other player in Europe's top 5 leagues this season— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) November 16, 2013
He is a typically technically sound Croatian footballer. While he may lack the creative flair of a Luka Modric, he makes up for it with an unyielding work ethic, which would make him a perfect fit for the Merseyside outfit.
Squawka have rated Rakitic as the third best player in La Liga this season. His total score of 672 is behind just Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who sit first and second respectively.
La Liga Top Assists : 1. Jorge Koke 9 | 2-3. Neymar, Cesc Fabregas 8 | 4-5. Gareth Bale, Ivan Rakitic 6— Sepakbola Satu (@SepakbolaSatu) December 17, 2013
He is comfortable off both feet and composed in front of goal, netting seven times and assisting a further five for Sevilla in the league this campaign.
Squawka also adds that Rakitic created the most chances in La Liga during the 2012/13 season; no mean feat for a league that boasted Mesut Ozil, one of Europe’s top assisters, last year.
Sevilla midfielder Ivan Rakitic created the most chances in La Liga this year with 90 @CruyffTurn_ #AskSquawka— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 12, 2013
Rakitic is the type of signing that would get Liverpool fans excited. €40 million is an expensive purchase but too much money has been spent in recent years on mid-level players that have failed to succeed.
With the Reds currently sitting second in the Premier League, now is the time to dip into the transfer market. Liverpool appear to be on the up and Rodgers needs to take advantage of his team’s healthy position.