Get the CaughtOffside iPad app. Download the #1 Free Sports App from the App Store.
All of the latest footie news and much, much more.
We may be nearing a deal worth taking!
Alonso’s heart is set on Madrid and the Spanish giants are keen to offer players to try to break the impasse in negotiations.
Madrid have struggled to offload players and are prepared to offer Liverpool one of Alvaro Negredo, Rafael van der Vaart or Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, according to reports in Spain.
Anfield boss Rafa Benitez is thought to have some interest in 23-year-old Negredo, but with Madrid valuing the striker at about £15m, Liverpool would prefer to take the cash.
Alonso is said to be dreaming of making his debut in his hometown of San Sebastian, where Real Madrid are the visitors for Real Sociedad’s centenary match on August 15. The player started his career at the Basque club.(Daily Mail)
Now I think the La Liga giants are beginning to understand the best way to make up for the difference in both club’s valuation of Xabi Alonso, that’s right, offer players instead!
In the current financial slump, albeit one that doesn’t appear to have affected Real Madrid, offering players rather than cold hard cash is the way to go and may be the way Rafa and Liverpool can sell their Spanish international for less than the sum they wanted without looking like they backed down.
Of the three players mentioned I would say that Rafael van der Vaart looks the most pleasing to the eye and the most likely to make the Anfield boss consider such a deal. I like many other Liverpool fans have been hoping the club signs another striker but then it’s not like we struggled to score last term, 105 in all comps, so perhaps there is less need for the likes of Negredo and Huntelaar.
Obviously if the club were to take just the Dutch attacking midfielder then they would require some cash on top of the deal and it might just be the deal that suits all parties and puts an end to this very long running saga!