Liverpool and Man United target La Liga star – but will have to pay £33m

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LIVERPOOL and Manchester United have been linked with a highly-rated midfielder – but must pay a hefty price if they want to sign him.

The Daily Express today reports the two clubs are interested in Ivan Rakitic.

But the paper claims they must meet Rakitic’s release clause of £33m if they are to sign the 25-year-old Sevilla midfielder.

It’s queit on the Newcastle and Sunderland front, but other transfer stories today include:

Chelsea and Manchester City face competition from Barcelona to land Villarreal’s Argentine centre-back Mateo Musacchio, 23. Full story: Daily Express

Arsenal will go head-to-head with Italian side Roma to sign 21-year-old Auxerre striker Paul-Georges Ntep. Full story: Daily Star

Veteran Wolfsburg forward Ivica Olic, 34, has emerged as a surprise target for Stoke City. The Croatia international is out of contract next summer and is also being chased by Hamburg. Full story: Talksport

Arsenal have been scouting Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, 25, but remain doubtful about their prospects of signing him in January. Full story: Daily Telegraph

Manchester United face a battle against Arsenal to land Basel defender Fabian Schar, 21. Full story: Daily Star