This source believes that Arsene Wenger is about to make a last-gasp signing of the summer by snapping up Liverpool maestro Xabi Alonso. Could this deal materialise?
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We are now approaching the final days of the transfer window, and Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger has said he will buy an experienced midfielder – and that he will leave it to the last minute.
The only remaining option is Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso, and he is looking like the only really talented midfield player on the market.
That let the cat out of the bag, and Wenger himself has admitted it will come down to the last minute of the window to make a deal. He said: “Last year it was at midnight – and we are ready to stay up all night this time if it is needed. We have still a long time to go.”
“For a while they all talk the talk and nothing happens, then in the last four or five days every half-an-hour there is a headline saying someone has signed somewhere.
“When you have experience of transfer dealings, you know that as long as something is not signed you know it can change very quickly so you can look very silly, so you don’t want to come out and announce it.”
Those of you who think that Arsenal wouldn’t buy a player who was cup-tied for the Champions League, also only need to listen to Wenger’s view on the subject. “Once somebody cannot play for you in Europe, it devalues the player for the season. It doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t buy him,” he said.
My belief, from this evidence, is that Wenger will get Alonso, at maybe a slightly reduced price from the £16million demanded by Liverpool, probably around £15million, and it will go through at the last minute.
Benitez has just bought Alonso’s replacement in Riera, and it is abundantly clear that he is now ready to let Alonso leave. (footylatest.com)
I think this source may have got a little carried away. Whilst it’s true that earlier in the summer Rafa appeared to be keen on cashing in on the fantastic midfielder, he has played pretty well in the side as the likes of Lucas and Mascherano competed in the Olympics and with Gerrard out with an injury it seems even less likely Benitez would sell the Spaniard.
However, maybe come January this deal could well come to fruition as the Anfield boss has already made it clear that he sees other players ahead of Alonso in the pecking order. Do Liverpool fans hope that Xabi stays and do Arsenal supporters see Alonso as the perfect player to help add experience and guile to the Gunners’ youthful side?