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26th Jul, 2016 | 2:49pm

Report: Liverpool and Arsenal to battle for Real Madrid's Spanish forward

By Will Butcher

Real Madrid have given versatile Spanish forward Jese Rodriguez permission to leave the Berneabeu in search of regular first-team football.

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane cannot promise Jese regular game-time this season and is willing to listen to offers for the 23-year-old.

TalkSport claim that this has alerted Premier League big-boys Liverpool and Arsenal, who are long-time admirers of the Spanish youth international.

Despite having a good working relationship with manager Zinedine Zidane, Jese has been advised to build a career away from Madrid where he would be likely to remain on the bench.

Jese, who was called up to Spain’s Euro 2016 squad over the likes of Diego Costa and Fernando Torres, has fallen down the pecking order in Madrid after the Galacticos exercised their buy-back clause to sign Juventus striker Alvaro Morata for around £25million.

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Real’s number 20 has just 12 months remaining on a four-year deal that he signed back in 2013, and could be available in a cut-price deal as both Jurgen Klopp and Arsene Wenger look to give themselves more options in the attacking department.

Arsenal and Liverpool will face strong competition from a number of La Liga clubs keen to keep Jese in his home country.

Jese made 28 La Liga appearances last term, though he started only seven matches. He found the back of the net five times, as well as scoring one in Europe during Real’s Champions League tie against Roma.

In other Liverpool news, Twitter have reacted after this star man was sent home from The Reds’ pre-season tour of America.