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Liverpool Move Nearer to £35m Midfielder Deal: July 18th is Key Date!

Loophole in player’s contract increases chances of big bid.

The Rumour

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Real Madrid want to delay their offer for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso to prevent Real Sociedad claiming 20 per cent of any transfer fee.

Sociedad’s agreement with Liverpool is believed to run out on July 18 and Madrid see it as an obstacle with Anfield’s valuation at £35m and their last offer at £25m. The two clubs are prepared to negotiate and Alonso is expected to declare he wants to leave.

The 27-year-old was in Madrid on Monday and had dinner with his agent, Inaki Ibanez.

Alonso said: ‘I don’t know what is going to happen. It is up to the clubs to negotiate now.’

The Source: (Daily Mail)

The Analysis

Boy those guys at Real Madrid are sneaky. How exactly did they find out this contractual information do you think? Surely it would be hidden information? Anyway the La Liga giants are going in for the kill with regards to Xabi Alonso and it really is anyone’s guess where the Spaniard will end up.

Rafa will have to weigh up the offer for Xabi and the midfielder’s desire to stay at the club and then he will have a tough decision to make. Last season he was outstanding and was a hugely important part of the club’s title chase and he won’t be easily replaced.

The Likelihood

Alonso to Real Madrid: He seems to be nearing the Anfield exit!

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