And around and around we go!
Something for Xabi to think about!
The Xabi Alonso transfer saga of 2009 has now twisted to an all too familiar “outcome” that will surely, like its many times before, not signal an end to Real’s persuit of the Spanish international.
Reports over the last couple of days have suggested that Alonso has firmly told Reds boss Rafa Benitez that he wishes to leave Anfield to join the La Liga giants, with Benitez only willing to let him go for £35million.
But today Real sporting director Miguel Pardeza said the club are quickly losing hope of signing Alonso and fellow transfer target, Bayern Munich striker Franck Ribery. (This is Anfield)
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This is traditionally the way the Spanish giants conduct their transfer dealings. They sneak a ‘story’ to a Madrid Red Top, such as The Marca about the club’s ‘interest’ in a player, therefore unsubtly breaking every tapping up violation in the book, then they wait for that player to become interested in the prospect of moving to the club. That player then expresses these desires to their boss and that boss then tries his best to allay this player’s plans whilst trying to cover all bases by putting an appropriate price tag on the player, the price tag is then deemed to high by the Bernabeu club who then ‘pretend’ to not be interested or that they do not have any money left hoping for the price to come down and then bingo.
I would be mighty surprised if this exact set of events occurs with regards to Xabi Alonso.