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MIKEL ARTETA approached Ivan Rakitic about a move to Arsenal – but the Barcelona star still wants to reign in Spain.

The Croatia midfielder is believed to prefer a switch to Sevilla and stay in the Spanish sunshine in a deal worth just £9million.

Reuters 2 Gunners boss Mikel Arteta contacted Ivan Rakitic but the Croatian does not want to move to England, preferring his old club Sevilla

Midfielder Rakitic has lifted the Champions League and LaLiga titles with Barca.

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But Nou Camp chiefs wants to offload him and his big weages.

They are cost cutting amid huge financial problems caused by the coronavirus.

He has only one year left on his Nou Camp deal and Barca need to sell him this summer.

Rakitic does not fancy playing in England.

The 32-year-old midfielder, offered to Juventus earlier this year, would like to go back to Sevilla.

Rakitic, also wanted by Manchester United and Spurs had three years at Sevilla.

He quit in 2014 for Barca, where he has been for six years.

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French media claim Gunners boss Arteta telephoned Rakitic direct.

But the Croatian is not too keen.

Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo claim Rakitic wants to go to Sevilla.

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He wants to end his career at the Andalucian club.

Rakitic has previously said: “It would be a great dream to return to Sevilla.”

He could spent four more seasons in southern Spain.

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New Jersey Gov. Murphy Declares State Of Emergency As Hurricane Isaias Approaches

LONGPORT, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency ahead of Hurrican Isaias hitting our region. The state of emergency takes effect at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

Murphy advises residents to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary.

UPDATE: I am declaring a STATEWIDE STATE OF EMERGENCY for Hurricane Isaias effective at 5:00 AM on Tuesday, August 4, 2020:
☑Do not be on the roads unless absolutely necessary
☑If you MUST drive, take it slow, use caution, and leave extra time to get to your destination pic.twitter.com/mMDUJsPhal

— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) August 4, 2020

Meanwhile, beachgoers are preparing for flash flooding and fast winds as Hurricane Isaias inches closer Tuesday. Monday’s beautiful weather down the shore gave people a reason to smile.

“Just get out of the city have a day at the beach,” said North Philadelphia resident Cindy Santos.

Santos wanted to stay in Margate longer but the approaching tropical storm changed her plans.

“We definitely wanted to come here just for the day before the rain starts,” she said.

The Daulys family from Chicago made a pit stop in Margate during their journey to West Virginia University to drop off their daughter for school.

“We probably would have stayed another day, but maybe today hopefully we’ll soak up enough rays today that we’ll be good,” Audra Daulys said.

Tropical Storm Warning Issued As Isaias Expected To Bring Heavy Rain, Flooding & Strong Winds To Region

A Tropical Storm Watch and Flash Flood Watch are in effect from this evening until Tuesday. So officials are urging people to stay out of the ocean and to be prepared for high winds and heavy rain.

Nearby, workers at Lucy the Elephant plan to move streamers, flags and other items indoors.

As for the six-story structure that’s attracted visitors for generations, she’s expected to be OK.

“I always worry about Lucy because she’s 139 years old and 100 feet from the ocean. But she’s withstood everything and this storm is not really going to be a major threat to her,” said Richard Helfant, Lucy the Elephant’s executive director.

Over in Ventnor, officials are reminding people who live or are staying down the shore to not drive through flooded roads.

“Do not take our resources away from other things to have to rescue you if you think you can make it through the flood water because you can’t. You will get stuck,” said Donna Peterson with Ventnor’s Office of Emergency Management.

Officials are also reminding people to bring in any outside furniture and to move vehicles to higher ground if they’re in low lying areas.

CBS3’s Matt Petrillo contributed to this report.

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