With Lucas Leiva’s seeming very likely to leave Liverpool after 8 years of service. could Asier Illaramendi who is also out of favour at Real Madrid come in and fill the void that the Brazilian would leave behind?
It has been reported that the man that arrived from Real Sociedad in 2013 for €32.2 million has been told he is “free to leave” as the Spaniard looks to find regular football. This comes at a convenient time for Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers with Lucas looking to leave.
Should Illaramendi sign from Real Madrid then he would command a fee in the region of £15 million. It would be a great bit of business, especially when you consider that Rodgers paid £25 million for Adam Lallana. The Northern Irishman definitely trying to strengthen his midfield and the addition of Real Madrid’s number 24.
Liverpool’s midfield options are looking decent already with Jordan Henderson looking more and more the captain of the club. James Milner and the quality that he brings to the team have him a certainty for a starting spot. Depending on the shape that Rodgers plays Emre Can could also play with the two English midfielders. The German’s introduction against Stoke City was the catalyst for change and indeed, three points. If Illaramendi comes to Liverpool he will cause Rodgers yet another selection headache adding to those he already has. This is the first time in years where Liverpool have had enough options that players were unhappy with the lack of game time. Its refreshing as it means that the team is strong and won’t be destabilized by injury to a regular.
The Spanish midfielder would add undeniable quality and pedigree to Rodgers’ side in their search for European football. He has the second highest passing accuracy in the Champions League with 95.3% and would thus provide a sense of stability and calm in front of the back four that has been lacking for Liverpool since the departure of Javier Mascherano.
I would certainly welcome the arrival of Asier Illaramendi but the move seems dependent on Lucas leaving first as well as the Spaniard wanting the move.