According to reports in AS, Real Madrid’s Marcos Llorente is wanted by a number of clubs, with the majority of them being in Spain.
Arch rivals, Atletico Madrid are mentioned as being one of the clubs interested along with Barcelona, Sevilla and PSG believed to be monitoring the situation.
After only making his debut for the club his father (Paco) and great uncle (Gento) played for against Deportivo la Coruna on Sunday evening, it can be taken as a sign that Zinedine Zidane wants to keep the 22 year old Spaniard at the club.
With there being no real competition for Casemiro’s defensive midfield role last season, it was believed that Llorente, due to his impressive displays for Alaves, would be the one to step up.
Not one to shy away from the big occasion, Llorente was easily the standout performer for Alaves in the Copa Del Ray final last season against Barcelona. Many claim this performance went a long way in convincing Zidane he was worthy of a place in Madrid’s star studded squad.
Zidane however, knows the young Spaniard very well due to initially bringing him into the Castilla squad when he was manager.
Last season, while on loan at Alaves, Llorente clocked up the most tackles of any player in La Liga with 90 and also maintained an average passing accuracy of 87% – well capable of winning and keeping hold of the ball – a nice trait to bring to any midfield.
It seems that Zidane still sees this being the case and Madrid would demand the full €200 million buy-out clause to be activated should any club want to negotiate with los Blancos.
Don’t expect the Madrid born and reared midfielder to leave the club before this window ends, at least not on a permanent transfer.