A highly-rated midfielder with Real Madrid, Asier Illarramendi is a reasonably-priced star. Can Brendan Rodgers bring him into the fold?
Though no one can replace Steven Gerrard at Anfield, Liverpool need someone to take his spot, and Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi might be the man to do it.
According to the Metro, Liverpool are increasing their bid for Illarramendi from £10 million to £13.8 million in order to jump past bitter-rival Arsenal and secure the 25-year-old star’s signature.
The Metro reported that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers made a move for Illarramendi back in January but was shot down. The main wrinkle in any potential move for Illarramendi at the moment is the fact that Real Madrid’s new manager Rafa Benitez reportedly wants to see his defender in pre-season action before making a decision on whether to sell him and/or how much to sell him for.
Illarramendi got his big break with Real Sociedad and had a breakout year with the La Liga outfit during the 2012-13 season that led to a then-record €32.2 million transfer fee from Real Madrid. At the time it was the highest amount Real Madrid ever paid for a single Spanish player.
The Spanish star didn’t disappoint in his first year, scoring his first ever goals as a senior as Real Madrid won the Champions League, Super Cup, and Copa del Ray during the 2013-14 season.