Gunners have made a surprise move for this defensive midfielder.
Real Madrid star Asier Illarramendi could soon be an Arsenal star with reports in Spain linking the defensive midfielder with a move to North London.
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Marca say Arsenal have made a surprise offer to Illarramendi and the Spaniard is considering making the Premier League switch after minimal game time at Real and the impending arrival of a direct rival for his position in Lucas Silva.
Los Blancos spent a staggering £32 million on the player just a season and a half ago, snapping him up from Basque side Real Sociedad, but the 24 year-old has yet to have a serious run in the side, making just three starts this season in La Liga and two in the Champions League.
Marca say the young Spaniard, who has yet to make an appearance for his national side, now has three options: remain in Madrid, sign with another interested party in Athletic Bilbao or make the surprise move to North London.
Illarramendi would certainly fill a problem position for the Gunners with Arsenal looking light in the centre of midfield after key injuries to Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta – though this situation has relieved itself somewhat following the recall of Francis Coquelin and the signing of Krystian Bielik.
There were reports the Gunners were keen on the 24 year old before he moved to the Spanish capital and with Real thought to be wanting to cash in on him, Arsene Wenger could finally land his man.