This Anfield midfielder was constantly linked with a move to Juventus or Arsenal but managed to keep his place at the club and impressed as Rafa’s men have got off to a flyer. However now it appears that this La Liga club is interested in bidding for the Spaniard.
In what can be considered a bit of a turnaround in fortunes, Valencia who at one time were on the verge of a fire sale of their best stars will be in the transfer market come January not as sellers but as buyers and Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso is their number one target.
An acquaintance of Footylatest in Spain reported to us that a club official refused to deny or confirm in a radio talk show in Spain that Alonso was a target for Valencia but did venture to say that he is a good player that would fit in with Valencias style of play.
Liverpool initially demanded at least 16 million for Alonso when Juventus wanted him in summer but this was deemed to be too high by the Turin club and Liverpool with their own financial constraints may be forced in to accepting a more reasonable offer. (footylatest.com)
At times in the mid season break it seemed inevitable that Xabi would be sold off to aid the purchase of Gareth Barry, of course neither deal materialised and the 26 year old has now started nine of the club’s eleven fixtures and reasserted his place in the first team. There were rumours a while back that the player was homesick so if Valencia do move in for the Spanish international it would be interesting to see what happens. Unai Emery’s side sit top of the La Liga table after a near faultless start. The player has achieved something of a cult status with the Anfield crowd but does Rafa hold him in such high regard? Do Liverpool fans think that Rafa would consider cashing in on the former Sociedad man?