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Real Sociedad interest could scupper move for Llorente

Llorente became a key performer in the final run-in.
Llorente became a key performer in the final run-in. / Agencia Lof
  • The Blue and Whites are keen to keep the 23-year-old for another season, but a permanent transfer offer from the Basque club could tempt his parent club Real Madrid into selling

Malaga’s chances of keeping defender Diego Llorente at the club for another year have taken a hit after Real Sociedad expressed an interest in taking the Real Madrid loanee to the Basque Country on a permanent transfer.

The Blue and Whites already had an agreement in place with the player to loan him for another season, but Real Madrid heads may be turned by an offer in excess of 10 million euros.

The 23-year-old initially struggled when he first moved to La Rosaleda, finding himself out of the team after a wobbly start and occasionally being drafted in as a makeshift holding midfielder.

However, he has enjoyed a renaissance under Míchel’s leadership and became a key figure in the club’s end-of-season push.

Now settled at the club, Llorente has expressed his desire to extend his stay but this interest from Real Sociedad, as well as news of Everton waiting in the wings, could scupper the deal.