According to reports emanating from Spain this evening, Atletico Madrid have joined Arsenal in the hunt for Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente.
Llorente, a 22-year-old central midfielder, came up through the youth ranks in the Spanish capital, eventually being given a first-team opportunity in 2015.
However, he has since found it difficult to carve out a regular spot for himself in the midfield rotation at the Bernabeu, due to the presence of the likes of Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Mateo Kovacic, and now, Dani Ceballos.
Llorente did spend a successful stint on loan with fellow La Liga outfit Deportivo Alaves last season, during which he made 32 league appearances, though he has been informed that he is free to move on from Madrid this summer, according to AS.
Premier League giants Arsenal were linked with a move for Llorente last week, with Arsene Wenger said to be a keen admirer of the talents of the youngster.
However, the Gunners are not alone in their admiration of the Spanish midfielder, with Real’s fierce inner-city rivals Atletico having reportedly joined the race for Llorente this evening.
Though Diego Simeone’s side are in the midst of a transfer ban, it is rumoured that the club would be willing to offer the technically-gifted starlet a guaranteed starting role at the Wanda Metropolitano, should he hold out for a transfer until January.