Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly set to do battle for Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Arbeloa after the ex-Spanish international declared his desire to move back to the Premier League, as reported by the Daily Star.
Arsenal are reportedly the more keen side for Arbeloa’s signature. The former Liverpool man has fallen down the pecking order under Carlo Ancelotti, who prefers Dani Carvajal. Arbeloa would find himself a squad player if he remained at the Santiago Bernabeu.
While Arbeloa would prefer to stay at Madrid and sign a new contract, he is prioritising first team football at this point in his career.
Marca have said that Jose Mourinho is interested in taking him back to Chelsea, but he has also been linked with a move back to Liverpool, who he previously spent two and a half years with. Arbeloa reportedly enjoyed his time in the Premier League significantly.
Arbeloa was left out of Spain’s World Cup squad and announced his international retirement as a result.