Oh dear, are the club about to be ripped off royally?
Florentino Perez: This is one hell of a sneaky man!
Liverpool have reportedly given Real Madrid a 48-hour deadline to come up with the cash for Xabi Alonso.
Exit strategy: Xabi Alonso lines up against Singapore on Sunday in what could have been his last Liverpool appearance.
The Spain midfielder looks increasingly close to sealing a move to the Bernabeu and was photographed at Madrid’s Barajas airport on Monday evening, hours after flying into England following Liverpool’s Asian tour.
Madrid’s long pursuit appears to have paid off, with reports in Spain suggesting Liverpool will accept less than £30million to sell both Alonso and right-back Alvaro Arbeloa to the club. (Daily Mail)
Not sure what to make of this to be honest. Clearly it’s fairly natural for Xabi Alonso to fly to his native Spain following the far east tour but obviously it has led many to put two and two together and make five.
Something in my gut tells me that Liverpool will sell both Xabi and Alvaro Arbeloa to Real Madrid, but that could just be the remnants of last night’s Chicken Tikka. It would be a crime for the club to accept anything less than £35m for the pair in my view but then the club does seem to need some money to help ease the bank debt and that’s a little worrying.
Many fans, me included, had hoped that any sale would lead to re-investment in the squad but perhaps that is wishful thinking. We desperately need to continue the summer clear out. I think we should still offload Andriy Voronin even though he has been pretty decent pre-season and Dossena looks set to leave so hopefully Rafa hasn’t finished spending yet because there is still a big back up striker hole in the squad!