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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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Leeds line up triple transfer swoop for Premier League return including £25m Buendia from relegated Norwich

LEEDS are reportedly stepping up efforts to boost their firepower ahead of their return to the Premier League.

The Mail report the Championship winners have approached relegated Norwich to register their interest in attacking midfielder Emiliano Buendia.

4Relegated Norwich City star Emiliano Buendia is reported to be among the list attackers who have attracted interest from LeedsCredit: Reuters

And the Canaries, who were relegated last month, are understood to want at least £25million for the 23-year-old Argentinian.

While officials at Elland Road are rumoured to have made enquiries about the availability of Bruges winger, and Arsenal target, Emmanuel Dennis. 

And it’s also reported Marcelo Bielsa’s club have approached Bruges’ Belgian rivals Gent over another player the Gunners are eyeing, Jonathan David. 

However the 20-year-old Canada international is believed to be keen on a move to Ligue 1 side Lille who finished fourth in France’s top division last term. 

Brentford’s in-form forward Ollie Watkins is reported to be another target on Leeds boss Bielsa’s transfer list. 

The news comes amid rumours the Yorkshire club could be set to battle Chelsea for the signature of Watkins’ teammate Said Benrahma. 

Watkins, 24, has been in fine form for Brentford, netting 25 Championship goals for the club in 46 appearances this term. 

4Arsenal target Jonathan David is rumoured to be a summer transfer target for Leeds. However, the Gent player is rumoured to be keen on a move to Ligue 1 giants Lille

The Torbay-born forward’s strikes include the opener in their 3-1 win against Swansea which secured the Bees’ play-off final place against Scott Parker’s Fulham on Tuesday. 

Other stars thought to be summer targets for Leeds include Wigan Athletic midfield starlet Sean McGurk, who’s also of interest to Tottenham.

Should Leeds sign the 17-year-old, he’ll be joining his former striker teammate Joe Gelhardt. 

Last month SunSport revealed that Gelhart, 18, completed a £1milion move to Elland Road from the cash-strapped Lactics. 

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At the time it was reported the struggling club, who considered Gelhart one of their top prospects, had no money to pay the salaries of their playing staff. 

Meanwhile, Leeds, who won the Championship with a ten-point lead, are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer. 

The club, who spent 16 years. out of the Premier League until their promotion this term, will be keen to cement their place in the division.

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