Liverpool free to sign Asier Illarramendi as Real Madrid tell him he can go

Liverpool’s chances of landing Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi have been boosted, after the Metro reported that he was told that he was free to leave the Bernabeu.

The Metro suggest that the Reds have already made two bids for the 25-year-old, and are expected to make a third offer worth £15.3m, which may well be accepted by Los Blancos, after former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez told the Spaniard he was not needed.

Despite making 30 appearances in La Liga last season, he did not seem to enjoy anymore luck under former manager Carlo Ancelotti, as he started just ten of those games. His inability to hold down a place in the side is probably the biggest reason that he failed to register a goal or assist during the campaign.

And with the likes of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos ahead of him in the pecking order, it seems unlikely that he will be able to regularly break into the side, and thus, if he wants first-team football, Anfield may be the place to go.

Brendan Rodgers currently has Lucas and Joe Allen to pick from in the holding midfield role. The pair have endured difficult patches of form, which has led to calls that Emre Can – who looks much more comfortable in an attacking position – to be used there.

If they managed to sign Illarramendi however, there would be little doubt of who should sit just in front of the defence.

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