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Liverpool transfer boost… ‘New Xabi Alonso’ ready to move

Liverpool have been handed a transfer boost heading into the summer window, with long-term target Asier Illarramendi ready to leave Real Madrid, according to reports from Metro.

The deep-lying midfielder has been likened for former Kop idol Xabi Alonso in the past, with his nationality, Real Sociedad roots and playing style all akin to that of the now Bayern Munich ace.

A move for the Real star was mooted following the confirmation that Steven Gerrard will not be at Anfield for the 2015/16 campaign, but the trail had gone cold in recent times amid Los Blancos’ managerial shuffle – Rafa Benitez is now in charge.

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However, Illarramendi could once again be a target, with reports claiming that Liverpool have been alerted by the playmaker’s decision to pursue a move.

The La Liga giants are willing to let the 25-year-old leave, however, they value him at £15m.

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