Real Madrid ready to open talks and sell £22 million man to Arsenal

Reports have claimed Real Madrid are ready to sell Arsenal target Asier Illarramendi this summer, according to the Fichajes.net website.

Though Arsene Wenger already has a number of top players at his disposal, there has been talk that he still wants another midfielder to bolster his squad.

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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