Consistent Anfield career set to come to an end.
ALVARO ARBELOA is expected to join Real Madrid next week.
The Liverpool defender will make a £4.5million switch to the Bernabeu.
But Kop team-mate – and fellow Spanish international – Xabi Alonso looks to have missed out on the chance of a move to Madrid.
Arbeloa, 26, was signed from Deportivo La Coruna for £2.6m two years ago.
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez originally wanted £8.5m for the full-back, who made 43 appearances last season.
Real responded with a bid of £2.5m but now the clubs appear to have reached a compromise figure of £4.5m.
Arbeloa’s agent Manuel Garcia Quilon said: “Discussions with Real are not over and I expect a solution early next week.”
The Source: (Daily Mirror)
Rafa could well be tempted to block Alvaro Arbeloa’s move to Real Madrid just to spite the Spanish club for the way they have behaved during the whole Xabi Alonso’s debacle but such behaviour would probably not do Liverpool or the hard working right back any favours, however Benitez can make sure he gets a good price for the Spanish international.
The club’s £8.5m valuation seems pretty reasonable in today’s market and the La Liga giants counter offer is simply offensive. With Glen Johnson in situ the 26 year old former Bernabeu recruit has to make a move to ensure a first team spot so that he is a firm fixture in the Spanish international set-up ahead of the World Cup, but will he struggle to claim the first team starting position under Manuel Pellegrini?
The mega rich club already has veteran Michel Salgado, the adaptable Miguel Torres and have Sergio Ramos and Pepe able to fill in at right back also so it would be no means a certainty that Alvaro would be first choice and that could concern a player who for the past two seasons has been a fixture in the manager’s team sheet.
Arbeloa to Real Madrid: More a question of when rather than if.