Arsenal and Liverpool look set to battle it out for the signing of Real Madrid midfielder, Asier Illarramendi, with the Premier League rivals both plotting a move for the £21 million-rated Spaniard, according to Spanish reports.
Illarramendi has struggled to nail down a regular place in the Madrid midfield since joining from Real Sociedad for £23 million in 2013, and he has had to settle for just seven league starts this season.
The 25-year-old defensive midfielder has had enough and wants a move away from the Liga BBVA giants this summer.
Arsenal and Liverpool are joined by his former club Sociedad, who are now managed by David Moyes, in pursuit of the Champions League winner as a transfer tussle looks to be on the cards.Embed from Getty Images
The Gunners have needed a strong holding midfield player for several years and are being linked with moves for the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Sami Khedira and now Illarramendi as another big summer spend is likely.
Liverpool are also being linked with moves for several midfielders as Steven Gerrard is on his way to MLS with LA Galaxy, and so Brendan Rodgers will need reinforcements.
Illarramendi is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League and could get his wish if either Arsenal or Liverpool are willing to pay more than £20 million for his services.
Would Asier Illarramendi be a good signing for Arsenal or Liverpool? Which club needs him more?