Date: 6th August 2015 at 11:13am
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Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi after new boss Rafa Benitez told him he’s no longer needed at the club.

The 25-year-old has failed to win a place in the starting XI at the Bernabeu since a £22m switch from Real Sociedad in 2013.

22nd October 2014 - UEFA Champions League - Group B - Liverpool v Real Madrid - Asier Illarramendi of Real - Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Brendan Rodgers is a fan of the ex-Spain Under-23 international and has been heavily linked with a swoop for the player.

And now the La Liga giants have given him the green light to depart, the Reds are now expected to make a concrete offer of around £15m.

Illarramendi’s arrival would also spell the end for Lucas Leiva depart Anfield.

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