Friday April 25 2014
Rakitic to replace Hamsik?

Napoli will target Sevilla sensation Ivan Rakitic if Marek Hamsik leaves, it has been claimed on Friday.

Despite Rafa Benitez’s insistence that the Slovakian attacker won’t be exiting, Tuttosport have this morning reported that the club would be willing to listen to offers of over €40m for their mohicaned trequartista.

Inter and Manchester City are thought to be interested in his services, with the English outfit at the front of the queue.

And the paper suggests that should that be the case, the Partenopei will look to replace him with the Croatia international.

Rakitic has been in superb form this term, captaining the Andalusian club to a current fifth place standing in the Liga table and a Europa League semi-final.

Unai Emery’s men will want at least €20m for the 26-year-old, but the Stadio San Paolo side will face stiff competition from Real Madrid, who have been tracking Rakitic for months.

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