Real Madrid want £10million for midfielder
Liverpool are feeling confident that they can sign Asier Illarramendi from Real Madrid this Summer in a deal worth around £8.5million, despite the Spanish side holding out for £10m.
The midfielder has been out of favour at the Bernabeu and has struggled to make any kind of impact since making a move from Real Sociedad in 2013.
Real Madrid Struggles
Madrid splashed the cash on the midfielder two years ago, paying the La Liga side £32m.2m for the 25-year-0ld, but he hasn’t been able to have the desired effect in the Madrid side.
Illarramendi‘s first-team opportunities have been limited in the two seasons he’s spent at the Bernabeu, with Xabi Alonso, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric all keeping him out of the team at one point.
Even when Alonso left for Bayern Munich, the Spaniard still couldn’t break into Carlo Ancelotti‘s first-team, and according to reports, he could be on his way at the end of the season.
Liverpool in Driving Seat
According to a Sunday People reporter, Liverpool have been tracking the midfielder for months now, and Brendan Rodgers is preparing to launch a formal offer around £8.5m, but Madrid are holding out for around £10m plus bonuses.
‘Real are looking for closer to £10m plus add-ons, and have been contacted by other interested clubs,’ Hopkinson writes.
‘But it is Liverpool who are in the driving seat and they are keen to get the deal over the line in the coming weeks.’
Gerrard Out, Targets Revealed
Liverpool are in the market for a new midfielder with Steven Gerrard set to leave and Lucas Leiva possibly departing the club as well.
So far, Mateo Kovacic from Inter Milan, Arturo Vidal from Juventus and James Milner from Manchester City have all been linked with moves to Anfield, but Illarramendi is one of Rodgers’ main targets.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles