Moneybags City want to buy anything that moves!
Manchester City are ready to take advantage of an Anfield feud to snatch midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Alonso has had an icy relationship with fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez, ever since Liverpool boss Benitez tried to sell him last summer.
Now, the Mirror can reveal that Alonso heads the list of players wanted by the super-rich Manchester club, and manager Mark Hughes even placed him ahead of Gareth Barry as a target.
The City boss wants the pair to form the fulcrum of his midfield, and he is ready to capitalise on a breakdown of the relationship between Alonso and his boss to try to tempt him with a £20million bid.
The Source: (Daily Mirror)
Manchester City are attempting to sign every living footballer on the planet, or so it seems, but surely their attempts to sign Xabi will be thwarted.
Alonso’s agent has stated that his client may well be looking to leave the club but surely if he did so it would only be to return to his native Spain. Now that Gareth Barry has been snapped up by Mark Hughes there seems less chance the midfielder would want to leave Anfield now that Rafa hasn’t signed the former Aston Villa captain.
If the intention from Xabi was to seek clarification from Benitez that he was indeed a first choice for Liverpool then recent quotes from the boss have outlined just how highly he rates the Spaniard so hopefully that will be the end to it, but i don’t think for one second that he will even entertain the notion of moving to Eastlands.
Also, its worth noting that the Blue half of Manchester has already brought in numerous players in or around Xabi’s chosen position so not sure why they would be out to sign yet another big name!
Alonso to Man City: Never in a million years!