Xabi Alonso deal is done. Liverpool are on the verge of striking a compromise deal to sell Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.
Alonso’s move to the Bernabeu has dragged on through the summer, with Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez demanding £35million and Real offering £25m for the Spain midfielder.
But Sportsmail understands that the clubs are now only £5m apart in their negotiations and are expected to agree on a price of just under £30m in the next 48 hours.
The 27-year-old will be reunited with his Anfield team-mate Alvaro Arbeloa, who completed his £3.5m move to Real on Wednesday after passing a medical in Spain.
Although Liverpool are set to make a sizeable profit on Alonso – who was signed from Real Sociedad for £10.5m in 2004 – their supporters will be hugely disappointed to see him leave and more than a little surprised at the men Benitez is planning to buy with the proceeds. (Daily Mail)
So the Daily Mail are reporting that the deal is done and that Alvaro Arbeloa’s move to Real Madrid was the first of two Liverpool players making a move to the Bernabeu. This source suggests that a deal will definitely be struck and that the club will lose one of it’s most prized players.
It’s sad to see Xabi go but it has been on the cards for so long now that I think many fans, me included, will be glad to have this chapter of the clubs history done and dusted so that we can all move on. You can’t blame the Spaniard for wanting to return home and to be fair he would have been pretty annoyed about the way he was made seemingly surplus to requirements by Rafa who at the time wanted to cash in on his sale to Juventus in order to push on with the bid for Gareth Barry (thank god that didn’t happen).
Alonso was marvelous last term and he deserves praise for just getting on with his job and showing that he can put aside off field turbulence and still perform excellently in the Reds jersey.
Much like with Arbeloa, I wish him well at the La Liga giants.