Former-Manchester United manager David Moyes has admitted his interest in signing Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.
The 24-year-old Spanish midfielder has been strongly linked with Premier League sides like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool in recent days, but Moyes has gone on the record to confirm his interest in the player.
That could scupper Louis van Gaal’s hopes of signing Illarramendi, with the Real Madrid star reportedly available in the wake of Lucas Silva’s arrival.
“I know the player and his qualities well,” Moyes said as reported by Goal.com.
“When I was at Everton I looked at him. It seems that Real Madrid don’t want to use him and I’d be delighted if he came here, but we need all the information from Madrid so that we can see what might happen.”
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Real Madrid signed Illarramendi for around £29m in 2013 as a long-term replacement for Xabi Alonso. But the Spaniard has made just three starts in 18 La Liga games this season and can’t get past Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in Carlo Ancelotti’s starting eleven, despite the departure of Alonso to Bayern Munich.
Illarramendi reportedly wants to stay at Madrid, but he could be tempted to move if the offers right in the wake of Silva’s arrival. The Brazilian signed for Real Madrid yesterday.
Manchester United and Arsenal are both looking for a holding midfielder and could rival Real Sociedad for the player.