Liverpool close in on out-of-favour Real Madrid defender

Liverpool are looking into the possibility of re-signing out-of-favour Real Madrid ace Alvaro Arbeloa this summer, with Arsenal and Chelsea also keen on the Spain international, according to reports from the Daily Star.

Arbeloa spent two-and-a-half seasons from 2007-2009 with the Reds, and is set to leave the Santiago Bernabeu in order to return to the Premier League.

The 32-year-old has found it difficult to find regular playing time with Real this season after the emergence of young right-back Dani Carvajal, which will interest several clubs looking to sign the defender.

With his contract expiring in 2016, the European champions could look to sell Arbeloa to avoid losing him on a free, and may accept a cut-price offer at the end of the campaign.

According to reports, Liverpool are the front-runners for his signature, however Arbeloa may head to Chelsea as he is a big fan of Jose Mourinho’s style.

“With Mourinho a boundary was crossed and at times he got so close that he was like a friend or parent to us,” he said.

“He is enjoying himself now [at Chelsea] and I still talk to him, although I have a very good relationship with all my coaches, but I had good times with Mourinho.

“He protected us, stood up for us, and we thanked him for sticking his neck out and taking the bullets. ‘Mourinhismo’ is a way of being, of doing things, always putting yourself forward, defending your ideas to the death, being honest, upstanding.”

Arbeloa has played 19 games this season, scoring one goal and providing three assists.

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