This well respected source thinks that these Spanish giants will swoop for a member of Rafa B’s side.
Florentino Perez has admitted defeat in his pursuit of Steven Gerrard.
Nevertheless, the prospective Real Madrid president still has his sights set on another Liverpool player: Xabi Alonso. Perez believes that he can sign the Liverpool midfielder for a fee in the region of €20 million – a sum that may appeal to Rafa, who could use the funds to sign Gareth Barry. As I explained here yesterday, Liverpool do not currently have a fixed transfer budget of £30 million set aside for this summer – nobody at the club is talking about this figure. (guillembalague.com)
So it seems clear that if Rafa wants Gareth Barry then not just for financial reasons but also so there is a spot in the team for the Villa man it would negate the need to sell Xabi. Alonso is a better player in my view but Benitez showed in the summer that he was prepared to let the Spaniard leave to finance the deal for Barry which never went through. If Real Madrid did offer the Liverpool boss that kind of money i think i would agree with Guillem on this, that the boss would probably take it. What do the fans think?