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Real Madrid Willing to Let Cheryshev Join Liverpool

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There have been countless stories linking Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev to Liverpool over the past year, but the reports were never taken too seriously. Now it seems that a move could actually take place, as flimsy rumours from yesterday's news cycle have morphed into legitimate talk of an imminent deal.

Earlier today, the Mirror reported that Liverpool and Real Madrid were exploring a loan deal to give the out of favor Cheryshev an opportunity to play in the second half of the season. Now, Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has come out and said that the attacker is free to leave with England being the most likely destination for the player.

That certainly sounds like a manager wishing a player well before selling him, and with Liverpool being the primary English team in reported pursuit of Cheryshev, Zidane's comments make a potential deal appear much more likely. Maybe Liverpool will make things happen on deadline day after all.