Anfield return is looking more and more likely.
Liverpool are reportedly close to agreeing a sensational deal to re-sign Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.
The 31 year old has informed his Bernabeu employers that he does not intend to renew his current contact and with his deal having just over a year to run the La Liga side are keen to cash in on the Spanish international this summer.
Alonso is apparently open to a move back to Anfield and the Merseyside club have made a three year contract offer at the same rate as his current Real Madrid deal, said to be in the region of £95k a week. The cultured midfielder is apparently tempted by the chance to return to Liverpool and impressed by the restructuring process Brendan Rodgers is leading.
Though Rodgers is planning for the future and has adopted a youthful transfer policy he has earmarked a move for Alonso as he sees the experienced World Cup winner as a player who can greatly aid the development of the younger members of his Liverpool squad.
Alonso spent five seasons at Liverpool prior to his £30m move to Real Madrid, during which time he helped the club to two Champions League finals, playing a crucial part in the club’s 2005 success, and a Premier League runners-up spot.
The former Real Sociedad has maintained links with a number of current Liverpool stars who are still at the club, most prominently Steven Gerrard and fellow countryman Pepe Reina, who is no doubt keen to see Alonso make an emotional return this summer.
Liverpool are thought to be willing to make an offer in the region of £10m for Alonso and this may well be fee the Spanish giants would be willing to accept.
Liverpool’s American owners are keen to show a statement of intent this summer but are not likely to stump up huge sums in the transfer market so a high-profile move to re-sign Alonso could be seen as an ideal way of helping to promote the club as well as improving the squad as they push to secure a coveted Champions League berth next term.