Only a matter of time?
Real Madrid could sign Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso by the end of the week as they are prepared to meet the club’s asking price of more than £30m for the 27-year-old.
In public, Alonso has remained non-committal on his future amid feverish speculation linking him with the Bernabeu and he has, thus far, not handed in an official transfer request. In private, though, it is thought the player has his heart set on a return home after five years on Merseyside.
The pair’s relationship is thought to have soured over the last 18 months after clumsy attempts to offload the player last summer, but Benitez remains adamant he will not be pressured into selling a player he wishes to keep should Real fail to meet the asking price.
Their last bid is believed to have been around £20 million. Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano, the man tasked with making club president Florentino Perez’s whims in the transfer market reality, admitted last week an agreement was “some way off”, although that has been read in some quarters as acknowledgement from Spain that Alonso may need to act himself to break the deadlock.
Manuel Pellegrini, the Real Madrid manager, and Miguel Pardeza, the club’s sporting director, have both suggested since then that Madrid’s interest is undimmed.
The Source: (Daily Telegraph)
Rafa Benitez would want to resolve any potential exit problems before pre-season fixtures well and truly kick in and with that in mind this source suggests that Real Madrid may come back with a decent offer for the Spanish midfielder and all the signs are pointing towards Liverpool taking the offer if it was forthcoming.
It would be a sad way to end his Anfield career but if Xabi Alonso has indeed made it clear he wants to leave the club it would be a mistake to keep him at the club any longer than necessary.
Alonso to Real Madrid: Expect a compromise to be struck and a deal of around £33m sealing the deal.