Liverpool are tracking the Spaniard, who is almost certain to leave.
Asier Illarramendi made the move to Real Madrid after leaving boyhood club Real Sociedad in a costly €32.2m move, yet the defensive midfielder has struggled to establish a first-team place since his arrival, and Liverpool look set to pounce, according to El Confidencial.
Even with injury to Luka Modric, the 24-year-old hasn’t been given many opportunity by Carlo Ancelotti, having been handed just five La Liga starts.
He is beginning to recognise that a summer departure is needed to reignite his career.
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Illarramendi was brought in as a replacement to Xabi Alonso, and the former Anfield star has told the Spaniard to join Liverpool ahead of Arsenal.
However, the move will likely depend on Brendan Rodgers’ men securing a spot in the Champions League next season. With the Reds flying-high in the second half of the season, such success is very much a possibility.