Spanish daily Marca understands that Sevila are negotiating a summer deal for Espanyol captain Joan Verdu.
With important midfielder Ivan Rakitic likely to be sold at the end of the season and the club in serious financial problems, los Rojiblancos are prepared to go the extra mile in their race for the highly rated midfielder.
Joan Verdu, 29, has entered the final year of his contract at Cornella El Prat and he is free to negotiate a free transfer with interested sides.
Espanyol, too, are in a difficult financial situation and even though they have offered their star player a contract extension, it appears that Verdu has set his sights on leaving the club.
Sevilla are believed to be leading the race at the moment, but they could face a stiff competition from the likes of Wigan and Swansea.
The experienced midfielder has been in scintillating form this season, scoring 7 goals and producing 3 assists in 23 La Liga matches.
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