By Aramide Oladipo
Arsenal are interested in signing Real Madrid defensive midfielder Marcos Llorente this summer, according to a report.
AS claims that the Gunners have made an enquiry for the 22-year-old and the player is considering a move away from the La Liga champions.
The Spanish newspaper reports that Madrid would be open to a potential loan deal or a permanent move which would include a buy-back clause in the contract.
The report claims that the North London club will face some stiff competition to land the Spaniard this summer as La Liga side Sevilla are interested and league rivals Atletico Madrid have also reportedly enquired about him.
The Spain international has not been involved in any of Madrid’s three competitive matches this season and he is unlikely to feature as they get their league campaign underway this weekend away at Deportivo La Coruña.
The youngster was sent out on loan to newly-promoted Alaves last season where he impressed with his performances, making a total of 38 appearances in all competitions.
Llorente currently has one year remaining on his contract at the Bernabeu.
Football Insider verdict
Llorente appears to be the type of player who would be perfect for Arsenal. He is a holding midfielder but he is very comfortable on the ball and managed to contribute with three assists last season. The youngster is unlikely to enjoy many minutes on the pitch this year with Madrid possessing so much quality in the midfielder with Luka Modric, Toni Kross and Casemiro the preferred choices. With Champions League sides Atletico and Sevilla in the running for the Spaniard, the Gunners will face a tough task in securing his signature but they should table a substantial offer in order to prove to the player and Madrid that they are serious about their pursuit.
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