Not too Xabi – Alonso finally joins the Real

Tuesday, 4 August 2009


After weeks and months of speculation, Liverpool has finally reached an agreement with Real Madrid for the sale of midfielder Xabi Alonso.

A statement posted on Real Madrid’s website read: ‘Real Madrid C.F and Liverpool FC have agreed to the transfer of Xabi Alonso. The player will arrive in Madrid tomorrow to undergo the required medical.’

The two sides have agreed to keep the details of the deal confidential and undisclosed. The 27 year old who joined Liverpool from Real Sociedad in August 2004 is reported to be joining the Spanish giants for a believed fee of £30million.

Alonso will become the second Liverpool player to join Real this summer after Alvaro Arbeloa made the switch to the Bernabeu last week for £3.5million.

Assuming all goes well and the deal goes through, Alonso will take Real’s spending over the £200million barrier. Cristiano Ronaldo joined for a world record £80m, Kaka arrived at a cost of £56m, along with Karim Benzema costing £30m, as well as, Raul Albiol from Valencia.

In five seasons at Liverpool Alonso made 199 appearances, scoring 19 goals, winning the Champions League in his first season. He went on to win the FA Cup and Community Shield the season after. He was also part of Liverpool’s Premier League Runner-Up squad last season.

However relations started to get frosty between Alonso and Liverpool last year when it emerged the club were looking into buying Gareth Barry as a replacement for Alonso, but as the season began neither Barry or Alonso had left their respective club.

When Barry moved onto Manchester City at the start of the summer transfer window it looked like Alonso was set to stay on Merseyside, that was until Florentino Perez decided to keep his chequebook open and continue spending to build his dream-team.

With £30million at his disposal, and with the start of the season just a week away manager Rafael Benitez will need to up his game if Liverpool look to better last season’s second placed finish. The Reds now look set to up their pursuit of Roma’s highly rated Alberto Aquilani as Alonso’s replacement.


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