Liverpool STAR heading for £14m exit: Will Rafa really let him leave?

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As Rafa looks to build up cash reserves for an assault on the transfer market, one of his Liverpool stars is being linked with a move back to La Liga.

It appears that Spanish international Xabi Alonso is surplus to requirements at Anfield under Rafael Benitez, who wants to offload him in a bid to raise transfer funds this summer.

A £16million move to Juventus looked to be on the cards earlier this summer, but the Italians pulled out of the transfer when they refused to go higher than £12million.

Reports in Spain suggest Atletico Madrid are now ready to make an offer of £14million for Alonso, who played for Real Sociedad before his move to England. (

Alonso is a quality player, but one it seems Benitez is willing to lose. Having already bagged some cash from the sales of Guthrie, Crouch and Riise, the Anfield boss is looking for an extra dollop of money to fuel attempts to secure some big-name signings, thus adding to the new additions he has already secured. Do Liverpool fans wonder why their manager seems so keen on offloading such a talented midfielder?

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