Not content with the four signings they have already made in the close season, Liverpool are showing no signs of relaxing their transfer dealings just yet as they have identified their next target. Having already worked through the English transfer market to acquire James Milner, Danny Ings, Adam Bogdan and Joe Gomez, they are now turning their attention towards Spain to sign Real Madrid midfielder, Asier Illarramendi.
The Mirror, citing Marca, claim that the Reds have already had an opening bid of €15million for the player turned down by the Spanish giants, but unperturbed, Liverpool have now increased their offer to €22million in an attempt to capture their man.
OUT OF FAVOUR
Illaramendi struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Real Madrid midfield last season following the arrival of Toni Kroos last summer. Fresh from winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, Kroos quickly became the midfielder of choice, resulting in Illarramendi being largely restricted to brief substitute appearances.
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Keen to seek a move elsewhere in search of guaranteed playing time it remains unknown weather Liverpool is his preferred destination, however the same report goes on to reval that Real are looking to recoup most of the €35million they initially paid for the player in 2013, he may find the number of clubs willing to stump up such a large fee severely limited.
Newly appointed Real Madrid manger Rafa Benitez, of course a hero at Anfield having guided Liverpool to success in the Champions League final a decade ago, may well grant his former employers their wish by approving the transfer in an effort to help out a club he still remains closely connected to.
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BLOW TO CAN
Were the transfer of Illaramendi to be completed then this would deal a heavy blow to current Liverpool player, Emre Can, who last week spoke of his ambition to play next season in his preferred central midfield position rather than the in defence, where he has more commonly found himself deployed to.
Jordan Henderson has already established his position in the middle of the park but with James Milner already secured and now Illaramendi potentially linking up too, Can's chances of playing alongside Henderson in midfield appear all the slimmer.
Clearly not finished with their transfer business just yet, whose to know how many more signings Liverpool plan to make. Perhaps there's room for one more striker too?