Real Madrid have a good relationship with Sevilla, probably because the latter don't usually put up too many barriers to transfers. However, Madrid are pushing it a bit too far if Spanish newspaper Sport are correct about a planned double deal.
Ivan Rakitic is dragging out his contract situation and causing Sevilla headaches. His current deal expires in June 2015 and if he doesn't renew quickly there's a chance the club's best player could leave for nothing. Sevilla, according to Sport, have been pressured into putting a clause as low as €15m into a new deal but Rakitic hasn't even signed that.
Sevilla left back Alberto Moreno is another much wanted player. He has a buyout clause of €30m but clubs would obviously try and get him for cheaper. Moreno is already a full Spanish international and Sevilla know an exit will come soon despite having him on a contract until 2018.
Sport claim that Real Madrid are trying to sign both for €25m, roughly around £20.5m. This has made Sevilla furious but in the case of Rakitic they are in a tricky situation.
If another club offered, say, €40m for the pair then it would be far more attractive and Real Madrid could walk away to other targets knowing their attempt to rob Sevilla had been rumbled.
This is where Manchester United should come in. They need strength in midfield and certainly require a new left back, a deal costing anywhere between £30m and £40m for the pair would be great business and allow David Moyes to be more flexible with his budget.
Rakitic has been one of the best midfielders in Spain this season, he would be an improvement. He's adept all through midfield and not restricted to a AM or DM role, an old fashioned midfielder able to be central. Moreno is one of the best young left backs on the planet and can also play as a left winger. Manchester United had a scout see both against Porto on Thursday night, although their primary target was more likely to have been Eliaquim Mangala.
It's obvious Moyes, go send Edward Woodward.