Date: 18th August 2017 at 3:00pm
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Arsenal have enquired about the availability of Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente, according to AS.

The Spaniard spent last season on loan at Alaves but he has returned to the Bernabeu to become a member of the first team squad under manager Zinedine Zidane this campaign.

The 22 year old did not start either leg of Real’s Spanish Super Cup victory against Barcelona or the European Super Cup win against Manchester United earlier this month, and he seems to be losing the battle against Mateo Kovacic as the main alternative for Casimero in the holding midfield role.

The Gunners are not the only club seeking to make a deal for Llorente though. Real’s city rivals Atletico and most recently Sevilla have also asked about the player’s availability. AS are reporting that Real may consider a loan switch for the midfielder, and they are said to be willing to allow for a purchase option to be included in any deal for the Spanish Under 21 international.