Apparently Rafa is still very much keen on offloading this hugely talented Spaniard who is already a big target for Arsenal and Juventus.
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Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has admitted he is looking to sell Xabi Alonso to fund more signings at Anfield.
The Spain midfielder has been linked with a £16million move to Juventus or Arsenal as Benitez seeks to generate the money to finally sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa for £18m.
But Benitez confirmed Alonso remains down the pecking order at Anfield. ‘I explained to him why I needed money for signing other players,’ said Benitez.
‘He can understand if you have [Javier] Mascherano, Lucas, Steven Gerrard and then [Damien] Plessis, you have four other midfielders and maybe you can afford to sell one player.’ (The Metro)
Xabi helped Liverpool overcome a resilient Sunderland side on Saturday after he came on as sub but Rafa has reiterated his desire to sell the talented midfielder so as to help generate the funds needed for the much talked about Gareth Barry transfer. The Aston Villa skipper helped his side to an emphatic victory over Manchester City but is still very much hoping for an Anfield move even though the price tag for the England international will surely be lessened due to his ineligibility for the Champions League group stages.It does seem strange for Rafa to be looking to sell Alonso as he is in my mind the club’s second best midfielder after Gerrard. Do Liverpool fans feel Rafa is wrong to be looking to cash in on a Xabi exit?