Asier Illaramendi has been linked with Liverpool in the past but it seems as if the Reds could complete a deal this summer, according to The Mirror.
Brendan Rodgers has already secured many signings this season with the likes of Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne, James Milner and Roberto Firmino but he seems to want to sign another centre midfielder to complete Liverpool's spending spree.
Asier Illaramendi is very unsettled at Real Madrid and has been ever since his arrival and is looking for a move to get his career back on the rise and Liverpool might not be a bad option.
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How much will Liverpool have to pay?
The Reds reportedly made a £10.5 million offer to Real Madrid for a man who came in from Real Sociedad in 2013 for around £28 million, however Los Merengues should know they definitely won't be able to sell the midfielder for that much.
In my opinion, £10.5 million for a midfielder who is only 25 and definitely has the potential to become a star player as he was back at Real Sociedad would be a real coup for Liverpool and another quality signing.
The next Xabi Alonso?
At Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder has played 59 games and scored two goals which is actually a better record that he had at Real Sociedad where he played for three seasons and played 54 games without scoring a single goal. Standing at 179 cm and weighing 74kgs, Illaramendi isn't exactly a very strong and tall midfielder but he is capable of defending very well. He is also known for his great passing, which could remind Liverpool fans of Xabi Alonso who was a Liverpool player before he moved to Real Madrid. Illaramendi's passing success rate is around 91.4% which is very high for a midfielder who is supposed to be a "flop".
Liverpool fans can expect basically the next Xabi Alonso from Asier Illaramendi if he was to sign. In comparison, they both don't score that many goals but are very good at passing the ball and in terms of defending Illaramendi loves to tackle and protects the ball very well.
To throw back the years, Xabi Alonso joined Liverpool in 2004 from Real Sociedad for around £10.7 million, which is very close to the price Illaramendi could come in for. At Liverpool, Xabi Alonso played 143 games, scoring 15 goals.
Will he suit the Premier League?
In my opinion, the reason Asier Illaramendi is even called a flop is because he never lived up to the £28 million that Real Madrid bought him for. In terms of stats with Real Madrid, he seems to have done better in two years at the Madrid based club than in three years at Real Sociedad. Having only played in La Liga, it's hard to say if he would suit the Premier League physical style of play however I know that he has a huge potential and with regular first time football he could improve drastically.
If Illaramendi was to move to Liverpool he could be a real success for not much money and adapt quite well. There are of course not many Spanish players at Liverpool apart from Jose Enrique who's on the go, but I believe that Illaramendi would fit in well into this Liverpool side who need a good central midfielder who's capable of delivering long balls like Xabi Alonso used to be able to.
Overall, this move seems like a good deal for both Real Madrid and Liverpool, especially with rumours that Liverpool could increase the bid to around £14.2 million. Los Merengues would be getting what can be considered quite a good amount of money for a player considered a flop and the Reds would be getting a player who has the potential to become a great centre midfielder in the Premier League. If this deal was to go through, I could only congratulate Brendan Rodgers because that would once again be smart business for a very good player.
What do you think Real Madrid fans, do you want Illaramendi to stay? Liverpool fans, do you believe he can become the next Xabi Alonso? Let us know in the comments.
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