Liverpool on alert as Spaniards ready to cash in on £22 million rated target

Reports have claimed Real Madrid are ready to sell Liverpool target Asier Illarramendi this summer, according to the Daily Star website.

Though Brendan Rodgers has signed Roberto Firmino and James Milner, the departure of Steven Gerrard and, potentially, Lucas, may leave the manager short in midfield.

Despite costing £22.7m when Real signed him from Real Sociedad two years ago, Illarramendi, 25, has struggled to consistently start at Real.

And new boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly ready to sanction a sale, as he seeks to raise funds for his summer targets.

In central midfield, he has had to compete with another former Liverpool favourite Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Angel di Maria and Toni Kroos for a place in former manager Carlo Ancelotti’s starting XI.

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