Liverpool transfer boost… Club ready to sell potential Lucas replacement

Liverpool have been given the go ahead to launch a move for their EIGHTH major summer signing, with reports from AS claiming that Asier Illarramendi is free to leave Real Madrid before the close of the transfer window.

The Reds have already splashed in excess of £80m to snap up a host of top stars, and this coupled with the exit of Raheem Sterling has made for a very busy few months on the red half of Merseyside.

But despite the level of comings and goings at Anfield, it has been claimed that Illarramendi is being eyed as a replacement for Lucas Leiva – should the Brazilian be sold after falling out of favour.

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And reports from AS claim that with Real looking at Sporting CP’s William Carvalho, Rafa Benitez is open to the idea of offloading his 25-year-old playmaker.

Liverpool heave been linked with moves for the deep-lying playmaker for much of the summer and should he arrive, his tag as the ‘new Xabi Alonso’ could make him popular among fans of the club where the now Bayern Munich man made his name.