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Liverpool face losing Xabi Alonso at the end of the season.
The Daily Mail says Real Madrid will step up their attempts to seal an £18m transfer for Alonso this week after his agent told Liverpool the Spain midfielder wants to leave Anfield.
Alonso, 27, came close to joining Juventus for £16m last summer, but has still been one of Liverpool’s best performers this season.
However, his representative Inaki Ibanez met with manager Rafael Benitez on Friday and confirmed the player is ready to end his five-year stay on Merseyside.
Madrid lead the chase for Alonso, who is also attracting interest from Manchester City, but Benitez could look to use him as part of a deal for one of his own transfer targets.
The Source: (Daily Mail as reported on Tribalfootball.com)
Recent quotes attributed to Xabi’s agent will obviously worry Liverpool fans but i don’t think there is any need to jump to conclusions until things have progressed further. It could be that Alonso is keen to establish whether Rafa believes he is part of his first team plans next season or whether he may be bench bound should Benitez continue his pursuit of Gareth Barry.
In his five years at the club the Spanish midfielder has acquitted himself marvelously and has always had the full support of the Anfield masses but he would have been upset last summer at the way his boss chased the Aston Villa man and perhaps wisely he wants to know what the future holds before the whole transfer window madness begins in earnest.
Reports are coming thick and fast about the possible using of funds from a potential Xabi sale for future sales but i am sure that most Liverpool fans will hope this is not the case.
Alonso to leave Liverpool: Watch this space.