Arsenal look to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente

Arsene Wenger rates the Spain international highly, who has dropped down the pecking order at Real owing to solid displays from Mateo Kovacic

Marcos Llorente
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Arsenal want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente but will face a stern fight with Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, claims the Mirror.

Arsene Wenger rates the Spanish midfielder and is prepared to move after Los Blancos opened the door to his exit, report AS.

The Gunners have enjoyed a fine summer with the arrival of Alexandre Lacazette, but despite depth in the midfield, Wenger may look to add more class.

The Express reports that Llorente now finds himself behind Mateo Kovacic after his excellent start to the season, leading to Madrid relenting on their plans for the Spain under-21 star.

Midfielder Mateo Kovacic's fine displays in Real Madrid's Spanish Super Cup triumph over Barcelona have pushed Marcos Llorente closer to the Santiago Bernabéu exit door in search of first-team football.

After excelling on loan at Deportivo Alavés last term, Real youth product Llorente returned to the club this summer with a view to offering a like-for-like alternative to regular anchorman Casemiro, but has found himself trailing Kovacic in the pecking order.

Having left Casemiro on the bench for the Super Cup second leg in midweek, Real coach Zinedine Zidane opted to field Kovacic in his place, while the versatile Croatia international also got the nod to step in for central midfielder Luka Modric in Sunday's first leg.

He has become a go-to man for Zidane, with the numbers bearing out that trust in him: in 75 games for the club, he has been on the losing side just four times - and Los Blancos have not suffered defeat in any of the 38 matches he has started.

Llorente, meanwhile, has failed to make the squad for any of Real's three competitive fixtures in the opening stages of the 2017/18 season, and is thought to be weighing up his immediate future - with the 22-year-old not short on suitors in the wake of his impressive campaign at Alavés.

Sevilla are the club to have shown the greatest interest, but Diario AS understands there have also been enquiries from the likes of Atlético Madrid and Arsenal. Real would be expected to seek a loan, or include a buy-back option were the Spain Under-21 international to depart on a permanent deal.