Arsenal target to Liverpool? Reds plot ‘juicy’ hijack

Liverpool are planning a ‘juicy’ summer offer to beat Arsenal to out-of-favour Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi, according to reports from The Express.

The 25-year-old playmaker has been likened to Xabi Alonso in the past, but despite his range of passing and composure on the ball, he’s played a fringe role for Los Blancos this season.

Toni Kroos’ arrival last summer pushed him way down the Bernabeu pecking order, which has contributed to his meagre haul of 881 minutes spread across 23 La Liga outings.

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Arsenal were linked with a move to offer him a fresh challenge over the winter period, but now it’s claimed that Liverpool are desperate to win the battle.

A ‘juicy offer’ is being readied at Anfield, and they could land him with rumours suggesting that Alonso’s words – they played together before he joined Bayern Munich last year – about the Merseyside club have swayed him.

His possible arrival could be a massive boost for Brendan Rodgers, who will lose captain Steven Gerrard to LA Galaxy this summer.