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Liverpool Tempted by £33m Swap Deal?

Could this offer get Rafa’s attention?

The Rumour

Spanish giants Real Madrid are considering using striker Alvaro Negredo – plus a considerable amount of cash – as bait to entice Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to release midfield playmaker Xabi Alonso. Real have made their interest in Alonso no secret, but Benitez maintains that the Spanish international is not available at any price.

However, with Benitez thought to be searching for new attacking options to provide back-up for Fernando Torres, the Spanish striker may have emerged as a possible target for the Red’s boss.

Any deal would also include a hefty price tag for Alonso, with straight cash deals of £30-35 million being quoted in the British press.

The Source: (Premiership Latest)

The Analysis

Some sources state that Rafa has more or less given in to the fact that Xabi Alonso will leave the club, that despite the Liverpool boss saying that the Spaniard wasn’t for sale, and now it appears Real Madrid are looking to tempt the club into making the deal by dangling a decent striker as bait.

Alvaro Negredo has had two very good seasons on loan at minnows Almeria, so good in fact that the Bernabeu outfit took up the option of buying the striker back clearly with a view to cashing in on a player who is now on the fringes of his first national call up.

A direct type of forward who could theoretically work well alongside Fernando Torres perhaps it’s a deal that Benitez may go for considering the lack of top level options up front.

The Likelihood

Alonso to Real Madrid in Swap Deal: Could well tempt the Anfield boss, especially if he gets the impression that Xabi wants to return to La Liga?

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