Not good news if you’re a Reds fan!
Liverpool want £35 million for want-away midfielder Xabi Alonso.
The Times says the Spain midfield player said his goodbyes to some members of the club’s staff last night.
However, Real Madrid, with whom the player has been linked, have not yet made an official offer.
Alonso’s relationship with Rafael Benítez has been troubled since the Liverpool manager began his pursuit of Gareth Barry last year. Although Benítez wants to keep the 27-year-old, there is a growing acceptance at Anfield that the player is likely to move to Real.
The Source: (Times Online as reported on Tribalfootball.com)
There are many sources who appear confident that Liverpool are ready to call it a day and give up on trying to convince Xabi Alonso that his future lies at Anfield and now many webites and newspapers are stating that now the Merseyside outfit is keen to get their money’s worth on the deal.
Rafa may feel that if he is resigned to losing one of either Xabi or Javier Mascherano then he would prefer to offload the Spaniard, something he came close to doing last summer. Obviously by selling Alonso Benitez secures himself some more spending money but will that really make up for losing such a talented member of his side?
The player’s agent has stated earlier this month that he wanted to leave the club and was keen on moving back to Spain and whilst it may be something the fans are not happy about it does seem eminently likely that he might have played his last game for the club.
Alonso to Real Madrid: Quite possible.