Sevilla have denied that president Jose Maria Del Nido’s travelled to London on Thursday to sell star striker Alvaro Negredo.
The denial came as Lokomotiv Moscow target Ivan Rakitic said he planned to stay and help the club out of their current slump.
Del Nido was widely reported to be in the UK to try and sell €20 million-rated Negredo to help ease Sevilla’s perilous financial situation.
Newcastle, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are reported to be among his potential suitors, but club sources have told local reporters the president’s visit had been for a different, private matter.
Del Nido and Rojiblancos coach Michel have both admitted that the club could sell some stars during the January transfer window.
Rakitic has been linked with a €10 million move to rejoin his former Croatia boss Slaven Bilic at Lokomotiv Moscow, while Argentine defender Federico Fazio is reportedly a €6 million target for Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
At a press conference prior to Saturday’s Primera Division trip to Valencia, Rakitic said he had no intention of leaving.
“I am very happy in Sevilla,” he told reporters. “I want to help my teammates. We are going to come out of this, and with me here.
“After beating Osasuna [last weekend], it is important to do that again at Mestalla. I believe fully in this team. We will give everything on the pitch to turn things around.”
The Swiss-born midfielder urged the club’s fans, many of whom have called for Del Nido to resign, to get behind the team.
“I understand they are worried by the difficult situation, but we need their support,” he said. “The whistles do not help us. If we are all together, we can get out of this.”
Sevilla have already reduced their wage bill during the window by loaning out defenders Bernardo (to Sporting Gijon) and Santiago Luna (to Real Mallorca).
Midfielder Javi Hervas is also reportedly close to a loan move, with second tier Sporting also his most likely destination.
Sevilla have already signed Bosnian midfielder Miroslav Stevanovic for around €1.5 million and may also be set to bring in Mallorca’s Michael Pereira with the help of third-party investment fund the Doyen Group, according to reports in Friday’s Estadio Deportivo.