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Marca report that Liverpool will launch a €22million bid for Real Madrid midfielder Asier Illarramendi.

Illaramendi looks likely to leave the Bernabeu, as he goes in search of regular first-team football.

The likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric mean it has been difficult for Illaramendi to establish himself in a deep-lying role with Los Blancos.

Real are willing to sell, but wants to recuperate a good portion of the fee they paid for his services.

Besiktas eye Balotelli

Eurosport say the Italian, who had a nightmare first season at Anfield, scoring only once in the Premier League could move to Turkey.

It was a £16million gamble that so far hasn’t paid off, as the Reds looked to replace the goals of Luis Suarez.

His departure from Merseyside would be no surprise, with Besiktas set to face competition from across Europe.