Premier League side Liverpool have asked Real Madrid to keep them informed of Asier Illarramendi’s situation, according to reports.
Press in the UK and Spain claim the midfielder will be leaving the club at the end of the season having struggled to make an impact since his arrival from Real Sociedad in 2013. The 23-year-old is way down the pecking order and finds himself behind Toni Kroos, Lucas Silva, Luka Modric and Sami Khedira for a central midfield berth.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has asked Los Blancos to let them know of his availability as he looks to reinforce his squad for the next campaign, and to cover the loss of Steven Gerrard in particular, who will leave Anfield for LA Galaxy when his contract expires.
Illarramendi has been the subject of transfer speculation in recent months and Liverpool will have a battle on their hands should they wish to make a move. FA Cup holders Arsenal are said to be interested in taking the player to the Emirates to replace the aging Mikel Arteta and Matieu Flamini.
Real Sociedad are also keen on taking him back to the Basque Country but will be pushed hard to stump up 22 million euros Real would demand, while rivals Athletic Bilbao already had an offer turned down in the January transfer window.