Local Football observers acknowledge that Athletic Club Bilbao made a 24M€ offer for Illaramendi. The youngster is not being a regular at Real Madrid were his position is highly contested, & to add, Real Madrid has signed 21 year old Brazilian Lucas Silva. The Real Madrid Directives looked favourably in selling to Bilbao & recouping some of the 32M€ plus investment, apart from filtering a "non-existent" Arsenal FC offer to spice up things. So what happened?
1. Asier Illaramendi said NO. He simply did not wish to move, especially to the eternal rival of his beloved Real Sociedad,
2. Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti did not wish to sell, or at least face the rest of the upcoming season without a player that will help in case of emergencies.
Said this, the future of Asier Illaramendi is still uncertain at Real Madrid. He may have avoided this first sell attempt but things indicate that he may face a similar situation at the end of the season. This time the Club which is really interested is English Club Liverpool FC & they are expected to "pressure" this summer.
Will Illara say yes this time around ? Stay tuned!