Premier League pair circle like vultures hoping to score some easy meat!
The Spanish giants are ready to re-sign former midfielder Esteban Granero for a 10th of Alonso’s £35million asking price.
Granero was sold to Getafe last summer with a buy-back option that expires on July 30.
The 22-year-old’s agent Teo Lazaro was at the Bernabeu on Tuesday to discuss his return with a deal expected to be concluded early next week.
Chelsea and City have been back in touch with Alonso’s agent, having first made contact with him a month ago.
Alonso spoke of his wish to move to the Bernabeu before joining up with the Liverpool squad in Austria on Sunday.
The Spain midfielder watched his club’s defeat by Rapid Vienna before flying to the Far East for the games against Thailand on Wednesday and Singapore on Sunday.
Granero’s signing would not necesarily spell the end of Madrid’s pursuit of Alonso, but it is clear they are looking at other options after failing to drive down Liverpool’s asking price. (Daily Mail)
There really is no point in any English team trying to make the most out of a very unstable situation. There is no denying that Xabi Alonso and Liverpool as a couple are on shaky ground but by no means heading for the divorce courts.
Real Madrid want the midfielder, badly, although not badly enough to stump up anything like the amounts they forked out for Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka and Karim Benzema and the Spanish international would do well to note that fact as clearly if they really wanted him desperately enough then they would stop beating around the bush and meet the valuation placed squarely on Xabi’s shoulders.
The point being that the La Liga giants are trying to play the Merseyside club for fools, stating they do not have cash to burn, whilst simultaneously burning cash in plain view! If I were Benitez and really felt there was no way to proceed without selling Alonso then I would sell him to any other team outside of the Premier League other than the Bernabeu outfit just to teach them a lesson!