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The Catalan club have sent representatives to the Andalusian oufit to finalise a summer move for the Croatia international

Barcelona delegates are in Seville with the aim of clinching the signing of midfielder Ivan Rakitic as a £16.2million move edges closer to fruition.

Insiders at the Catalan club now believe a deal for the Sevilla star is imminent after a meeting about the transfer took place in Seville on Monday - which included the Catalan club's financial vice-president Xavier Faus.

Dejan Rakitic, brother and agent of Ivan, has been a major force behind the move, pushing for it despite Sevilla president Pepe Castro's reluctance to sell the Croatia international.

Ivan Rakitic appeared to say goodbye to the Sevilla fans after their victory in the final of last season's Europa League, despite having verbally agreed to extend his contract with the club -  a deal which will no longer happen.

The Andalusian side have not yet given up on getting more than €20m for the 26-year-old in the move, which could see Barcelona B midfielder Denis Suarez moving in the other direction on loan with an option to buy.

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