Report: Liverpool readying opening bargain offer for Real Madrid's Asier Illarramendi

Liverpool have been tracking Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi for some time, reports claim.

According to a report in the Mirror, Liverpool are ready to back up their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi with an offer in the region of £8.5 million.

The former Spain Under-21 international joined Los Blancos in the summer of 2013 for a much-publicised €32 million fee from fellow La Liga side Real Sociedad.

It was a heavy price to pay for the Madrid giants, and one which they’ve come to regret as the midfielder has struggled to make any headway amid strong competition for places.

This season, Illarramendi has made just nine La Liga starts and didn’t feature at all in the club’s recent Champions League exit, despite fellow midfielder Luka Modric being absent with injury.

His time at the Santiago Bernabeu looks to be drawing to a close and reports claim that the Reds are looking to offer him a Premier League escape by attempting to strike a bargain with the Madrid outfit.

“Brendan Rodgers’ Reds have been tracking the 25-year-old’s situation for some time and are ready to back up their interest with an offer of around £8.5million,” the report states.

The Mirror also states that Madrid have placed the midfielder up for sale and seek a bid in the region of £10 million plus add-ons, a figure which certainly isn’t miles away from the Reds’ alleged opening offer.

Boss Brendan Rodgers needs to bolster his midfield ranks next season, not least because a replacement for soon-to-be departing Anfield hero Steven Gerrard is called for.

Illarramendi could represent a fine choice and at around £10 million a possible bargain given his evident ability and the potential to reach the standards set by former Real Sociedad hero Xabi Alonso.

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