Real Madrid tell Liverpool and Totteham target Asier Illarramendi he is free to leave

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Real Madrid have informed midfielder Asier Illarramendi that he is free to find a new club this summer, according to Marca.

The Spaniard was left out of Madrid's squad for their 0-0 season opener against Sporting Gijon last night and is not in new manager Rafa Benitez's plans for the new season.

That has opened up the possibility of a swoop from Liverpool who have been linked with the 25-year-old for some time now.


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However they will face competition from Real Sociedad who are keen on taking their former player back just two years after his £32 million switch to the Bernabeu. They will also have to see off a familiar foe in Tottenham, who are also now being linked with the midfielder.

Spurs have endured a slow start to the season and have just two points from their three league games so far.

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Although landing a forward remains key for the north London club, boss Mauricio Pochettino has been deploying defender Eric Dier in midfield with Nabil Bentaleb looking out of sorts and Ryan Mason on the comeback from injury.


Tottenham have bolstered their backline during the summer and will now use the final days to add more going forward - a something Liverpool have the luxury of not worrying about.

The Reds have been the most active Premier League club in the transfer window having landed the likes of Roberto Firmino, Christian Benteke and Nathaniel Clyne - but it doesn't look like they are done just yet. Before any more new arrivals however Liverpool will focus on their third Premier League outing of the season against Arsenal this evening.

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