This source suggests that Barcelona are lining up a replacement for a soon-to-be-exiting midfielder, and they have outlined this Liverpool man as perfect for the job.
Barcelona could make a move for Xabi Alonso in the winter transfer market if Touré Yaya demands a move away from Camp Nou after seeing his chances limited under Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola would have Seydou Keita and Rafa Márquez to cover the defensive midfield position, but knows that the club would want to bring in another player to maintain the current squad numbers.
That player looks set to be Xabi Alonso as technical secretary Txiki Begiristain has been tracking the son of former Barça star, Perico Alonso, since he played for Real Sociedad.
Liverpool have made it clear that should they receive an acceptable offer then he can leave Anfield after Juve made their interest known over the summer. (goal.com)
Rafa made it fairly clear in the summer that Xabi was a player he could afford to lose, but have the Spanish midfielder’s performances this term convinced Benitez to re-think his opinion of the 26-year-old? Alonso is a quality player but he too has spoke about a desire to return to his homeland and this could be his chance to do so. Do Liverpool fans think that if Rafa is presented with a decent enough bid for the halfway line scorer, he would take it?