The latest twist in the Xabi Alonso saga

Real Madrid are today preparing to change their bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso after weeks of speculation regarding the player’s future.

The Spanish international has been continuously linked with a move to the Bernabeu all summer long, however Real have, as of know, failed to meet Liverpool’s asking price of £30 million.

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has always maintained his desire to keep Alonso, 27, at Anfield, however it now appears unlikely that Alonso will still be wearing red next season after he handed a transfer request earlier this week.

It has been claimed today that Real will offer Liverpool cash plus Rafael van der Vaart in a bid to push through a deal. I personally think that if Liverpool managed to get £19 million plus Van der Vaart in exchange for Alonso they would be doing extremley well.

Even the most ardent Liverpool will admit that it’s only a matter of time before Alonso is on his way out of the club so it’s crucial that they get the best deal they can. I have always been a huge admirer of Van der Vaart’s and I would just love to see how he would cope with the pace of the Premier League. It will be fascinating to see how this one pans out over the coming weeks, so stay tuned to Football Corner for all the latest.

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