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Arsenal not prepared to stump up £18 million for Liverpool midfielder – which just so happens to be another player’s price tag!

Someone might want to tell Rafael Benitez that just because Player A costs a certain sum of money, it doesn’t mean that you can justify selling Player B for the same amount, especially as people might want to question why you’re not keeping Player B in the first place.

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The situation regarding Gareth Barry has gone beyond farce, yet hopes still remain at Anfield that they will land the Aston Villa midfielder. Especially if they can sell Xabi Alonso to Arsenal for a fee which will mostly cover what Martin O’Neill is demanding. The Guardian reports that Liverpool might have to drop their valuation regarding the Spaniard, with the Reds once again putting an unrealistic price tag on a player’s head.

“I don’t think it will be easy [for him to leave],” admitted Benítez in Glasgow on Saturday. “The value of Alonso in the market will be really high. We are really pleased with him and we don’t want him to go unless we get a very good price.”

How can Rafa be ‘really pleased’ with a player that he’s willing to sell? Let’s also remember that Liverpool paid £10.5 million for Alonso four seasons ago, and while he’s had a successful time at Anfield (especially in the Champions League), he was not a regular starter for the Merseyside team last season. Surely the most Arsenal would be willing to pay is £12 million or thereabouts?

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