Liverpool Submit £14m Midfielder Bid, Offer Likely To Be Accepted
Liverpool have submitted a £14m offer for Asier Illarramendi and the bid is likely to be accepted by Real Madrid as they are keen to offload the midfielder
With the summer transfer window finally open for business, managers are working hard trying to strengthen their squads ahead of next season so we’ll bring you all the news and gossip. Today, Liverpool are linked with a Real Madrid midfielder….
Liverpool have submitted a £14m offer for Asier Illarramendi and the bid is likely to be accepted by Real Madrid as they are keen to offload the out-of-favour midfielder this summer, according to the Metro.
Illarramendi made his name at Real Sociedad but has struggled to make an impact at Madrid since joining the club in 2013, with the 25-year-old managing to make just 10 league starts last season.
It appears his first team chances aren’t much better under new boss Rafa Benitez as the Metro say Illarramendi has been told he is free to leave this summer and a move to England could now be on the cards.
The newspaper is citing reports coming out of Spain that claim Liverpool have stepped-up their interest in the midfielder after tabling a formal €20m offer – which equates to around £14m.
There has been no official response from Madrid as yet but the Metro suggest that the Spanish giants are likely to accept the Merseysider’s offer as it will allow them to recoup the majority of the fee they paid Sociedad two years ago.
As with any transfer rumour, we should take things with a pinch of salt until something concrete comes out but I think Illarramendi would be an excellent signing for Liverpool if they could pull it off this summer.
He was outstanding for Scoeidad before moving to the Bernabeu and he just hasn’t been given the chance to show his best form in a Madrid shirt due to the competition he’s faced for a first team place.
The Spanish international is a deep-lying playmaker who would be able to dictate the tempo of Liverpool’s play from in front of the back-four and I don’t think there’s any doubt he’d be an upgrade on the likes of Joe Allen.
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We’ll have to wait and see how things develop over the coming days but if Illarramendi does end up moving to Anfield he’ll become Brendan Rodgers’ seventh signing of the summer as the Reds boss tries to build a squad capable of breaking back in to the top four next year.