Big money Premier League sides circle the Spanish midfielder.
In the last 48 hours, Xabi has spoken publicly for the first time since returning for pre-season. The Liverpool midfielder told Spanish newspaper AS that: “It`s always a great feeling when Madrid want you, especially considering the phase of the career I am in now…Madrid`s project is certainly impressive. But beyond that, I can`t tell you anything else.”
Xabi`s words have, understandably, been well received in Madrid, but the Spanish club continue to insist that they will not increase their last offer of €27 million for the Liverpool midfielder.
Meanwhile, Liverpool remain unwilling to reduce their asking price and Rafa Benitez` public statements support that stance. However, as the player caught in the middle becomes increasingly frustrated and is pushed towards making a more public expression of his desire to leave, the likelihood that other clubs will start taking an interest grows.
As a consequence, Liverpool`s premiership rivals Chelsea and Manchester City have both made enquiries with Xabi`s agent, although at this moment in time, neither side appear willing to pay more than €30 million for the midfielder. (Guillem Belague)
Whilst Rafa may well consider selling Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, especially given the Spaniard’s reported desire to return to his homeland, the Liverpool boss will surely never sanction a move to another Premier League outfit, regardless of what they offer.
Xabi strikes me as a fairly loyal person who wouldn’t dream of moving to a direct rival like Chelsea or a wannabe title contender Man City and whilst his desire to play for the Spanish giants is in a way understandable a move to either of the English teams mentioned would not go down too well.
The source is a solid one so the bids may well be forthcoming but expect them to be given short shrift by the Anfield outfit.