The signing of the 23-year-old Asier Illarramendi was made official by Real Madrid, with the midfielder joining Los Merengues for a reported fee of €38 million. One of the best talents in the Spanish team that won the European Under-21 Championship this summer, Illarramendi has arrived in Madrid after over ten years at his boyhood club.
The young midfielder came to establish himself as a regular in the Real Sociedad first team over the last couple of seasons, and will play next season alongside Xabi Alonso -- a player to whom he's often compared. A midfielder capable of recovering possession and distributing from deep, Illarramendi should prove to be a great long-term acquisition.
He is the latest in a string of talented young players Real Madrid have purchased this summer, with attacking midfielder Isco and full-back Dani Carvajal -- who are both also part of the scarily successful Spain U-21 setup -- arriving at the Santiago Bernabeu. The Carlo Ancelotti era is getting off to an exciting start.