Real look to spend some more!
REAL MADRID are set to step up their astonishing spending spree — after an £8million offer for Liverpool’s Alvaro Arbeloa.
There is even speculation the Spanish billionaires will bid £15m for Chelsea’s Ashley Cole to keep him away from Barcelona.
Just 24 hours after agreeing an £80m fee for Cristiano Ronaldo, Real president Florentino Perez contacted Liverpool with the official bid for right-back Arbeloa.
The Spain ace, 26, was a key player in Kop boss Rafa Benitez’s team last season.
But Benitez will struggle to resist Madrid’s offer after being told he needs to sell before he can make any major signings this summer.
Arbeloa actually started his career at Real but played just two games for the club before moving to Deportivo La Coruna.
He was signed by Liverpool for £3m in January 2007 and Madrid — well aware of Liverpool’s mounting financial problems — are convinced they can prise Arbeloa back to Spain.
The Source: (Daily Mirror)
One does have to wonder how sustainable Florentino Perez’s ambition to buy his club a way back to the footballing summit, he has spent £136m on Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo and is about to secure the signing of David Villa for another £40m+ and in today’s financial climate these investments could be considered obscene but yet he Real Madrid are once again looking to buy and buy some more.
If this rumour is accurate then Alvaro Arbeloa may well be tempted by a move back to his native Spain and given the persistent speculation about a Liverpool move for Glen Johnson he could well have a case to leave the club if indeed Rafa is keen on the Portsmouth right back.
Arbeloa is a solid customer if not spectacular and in my opinion Johnson is a more rounded player but given that a move for the former Chelsea and West Ham man may well be paper talk the club should try to avert such a move to the Bernabeu otherwise they may find themselves short of options in that position. Clearly it’s a spot that Jamie Carragher has manfully covered but Rafa won’t want to lose Alvaro to one of their Champions League rivals, not unless he already has a replacement lined up.
Arbeloa to Real Madrid: This deal could well come to fruition.