As per a report from Spanish outlet AS, Premier League duo Arsenal and Manchester United are keen on the signature of out-of-favour Real Madrid man Marcos Llorente.
Llorente, a 24-year-old central midfielder who is generally deployed in a deep-lying role, has spent his entire career to date on the books of Real.
However, to this point, the former Spanish youth international has found consistent playing-time hard to come by.
In fact, all told, Llorente has managed just 10 La Liga starts in the colours of Los Merengues.
The all-action midfielder did thoroughly impress during a loan stint with Alaves during the 2016/17 campaign, with many having expected Llorente to subsequently push for a regular spot in Real’s midfield upon his return to the Bernabeu.
However, with the likes of Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Dani Ceballos to compete with, Llorente’s development has since continued to be stunted by the wealth of options available to Zinedine Zidane.
As such, on the back of just 5 league starts this season, the Madrid native is expected to seek a departure this summer.
Premier League proposals
And, as per the aforementioned report from AS, two of the clubs keen on Llorente’s signature are Arsenal and Manchester United.
In fact, the Spaniard is said to have proposals on the table from both English giants.
Roma and Atletico Madrid are also named as interested parties.
Crucially, though, it is suggested that Llorente himself favours a move to the Premier League.
Zinedine Zidane, meanwhile, had the following to say when questioned on Llorente’s future earlier this month:
‘Marcos needs more first-team minutes.’
‘He was incredible during the season where he played (on loan) at Alaves. And a similar situation would be the best-case scenario for him again.’
Quotes via Football-Espana.