Premier League rivals competing for Spaniard’s signature.
Arsenal are hoping to beat rivals Liverpool to the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi for around £18m, reports CaughtOffside.
The Gunners and the Reds are expected to move for the 24-year-old in the summer, with the former Real Sociedad man failing to feature regularly in the starting lineup at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
A deep-lying midfield playmaker, Illarramendi has previously been seen as a player with real potential and with a similar playing style to former Real and Liverpool star Xabi Alonso.
Arsenal are desperate to bring in new additions in midfield and now look to have made the Spaniard one of their top transfer targets in that position.