Paris Saint-Germain are preparing a huge €60 million offer for Real Madrid youngster Marcos Llorente
According to AS, the French giants have been keeping a close eye on Marcos Llorente’s performances and after being impressed, are willing to pay over the odds to sign the 22-year old midfielder form Real Madrid.
Llorente joined Real Madrid’s youth setup in 2008 at the age of 13 and was promoted to straight to the reserves by then-Real Madrid Castilla manager Zinedine Zidane in 2014. After being a key part of the youth side, Llorente was included in the first team for Real Madrid’s pre-season tour in the 2015-16 season.
He also made appearances friendlies against Manchester City, Internazionale and Vålerenga Fotball and made his La Liga debut in October that year, coming on as a second-half substitute for Mateo Kovacic in a 3–0 home win over Levante UD.
Llorente was loaned out to Deportivo Alaves at the start of this season and has gone on to make 26 appearances for the Spanish side as they have impressively risen to 11th position in the La Liga table.
An all-action midfielder who has good tackling ability combined with a good work rate, Llorente has been registering an average of 2.96 tackles won, 2.48 interceptions, 0.48 key passes, 0.56 chances created and and 86% pass completion rate per 90 minutes in the La Liga, according to Squawka.
AS claim that Llorente has caught the eye of several big clubs around Europe, and that PSG are hopeful of a deal for the Spanish U21 star as Llorente’s camp is unsure of what plans Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has for the 22-year old.
The claim that while Llorente is keen on a return to the club he has been at since the age of 13, the struggle for first team minutes that Álvaro Morata and Lucas Vázquez have gone through are an indicator of the difficult task ahead of him should he return.
PSG are apparently very keen on the midfielder and are willing to spend up to €60 million to sign the player, a massive amount considering he has only one year left on his contract at the end of the season as well as the fact that this has been his first season with regular first-team football.
Madrid have several midfielders in Llorente’s position, so the massive fee combined with Llorente’s contract situation will likely convince them to sell should they see him as surplus to their plans and will be a huge help when it comes to funding their move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard.