On the heels of news that Asier Illarramendi is ready to end his turbulent stay at the Bernabeu earlier in the week, reports in Marca indicate that Liverpool have lodged a bid to try to help him out. The bid just shy of £16m is one that Real Madrid are apparently happy with, and now the club's new manager--former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez--will have the final say as to whether or not he moves to Anfield just two years after he left Real Sociedad for Madrid.
The sum Liverpool are reportedly willing to pay reflects a serious dip in the player's form and fortunes since leaving La Real; he joined Madrid as one of the more promising midfield prospects on the continent, but after two seasons spent in and out of the side, he's struggled to recapture the form that had him rated so highly during his time in San Sebastian.
Struggles with confidence and anxiety, reportedly, contributed to his difficulties initially, and over the past season it was clear that Carlo Ancelotti preferred others in a holding midfield role, most notably central defender Sergio Ramos when other options were limited. That appeared to speak volumes about Illarramendi's future at the club, and despite a change in management, talk of an exit has not subsided.
Benitez could be the man to resurrect that player's career, but it's just as easy to see him signing off on a deal that would allow him to put a challenging two years behind him. If the bid has actually been made, it's one that Liverpool should be applauded for making, and one that hopefully proves successful.
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