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Ix Techau Evil Mastermind 14,278 pts

Marca claims we're in for Illarramendi

Posted by Ix Techau over 9 years ago · 4 replies

We were linked to Asier Illarramendi last summer. He's a 24-year old Spanish defensive midfielder in the Arteta-mould (medium-built somewhat defensive-minded CM more than a brute force DM). Marca have some pretty good arguments as to why he might arrive:

  • Real Madrid have had a successful bid for young Brazilian DM Lucas Silva, who they want to use as first choice DM

  • Illarramendi hasn't exactly been given a fair chance at Real Madrid, and he hasn't dazzled the manager or the crowd on the few occasions he's been on the pitch

  • Athletic Bilbao has offered €25m, which Real Madrid has accepted, but Illarramendi doesn't seem interested in trading down in the Spanish league

  • Marca claim Arsenal's offer from before he joined Real Madrid still stands, and that he is interested...but for that to happen he probably needs to wait until the summer

  • Although the offer still stands from Arsenal, there is no way Arsenal would match Athletic Bilbao's €25m offer...Arsenal are probably more interested around the €10-15m mark

  • However, Real Madrid would prefer Athletic Bilbao as Illarramendi's destination for obvious reasons (more money and a January move)


Mani 72 pts
Posted over 9 years ago by Mani

I find it hard to see Illarramendi going to Bilbao. He fits their bill, being Basque, but as a born-and-bred Sociedad kid, who rejected Bilbao as a youth, he'd stand to lose a lot of credibility and respect. Don't see him crossing the divide, especially seeing how hostile local rivalries are in Spain...

AWassist 1,487 pts
Posted over 9 years ago by AWassist

May be we get him on a load deal at best on deadline day. Ramsey has lost his form and fitness after getting married. We cant rely on flamini and le coq is bound to go off the boil. Jack and Arteta are looooooong way off.

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