Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Liverpool Boss Keen To Sign Real Madrid Midfielder

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is set to have a meeting with club owner John W Henry in the next week so that he could ask whether or not he is prepared to invest up to £10m in order to sign former-player Xabi Alonso, according to the Daily Mail.

The club's owner is very strict about signing players that are over-30 and do not likely spending a lot of money on players who are deemed 'past their prime', but the ex-Swansea manager is keen on bringing back the club legend.

Rodgers has pinpointed his midfield as the place that needs more work and was close to signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, but he eventually joined Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund.

After missing out on signing the Donetsk midfielder, Rodgers has now turned his attentions to trying to re-sign Alonso for a fee estimated around £10m, but it isn't understood whether or not the club's owners will be prepared to spend that much money on a player that is over the age of 30.

Alonso, 31, originally left Liverpool in order to join Spanish giants Real Madrid back in 2009 and since then, he has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the La Liga side, but he is now stalling on signing a new contract as he doesn't know where he sees his future now that Jose Mourinho has left the club.

It was reported that Mourinho wanted to sign Alonso for Chelsea, but an offer never materialized and now it looks like Liverpool are preparing to bring him back to Anfield.

Speaking in November, the club captain, Steven Gerrard revealed that he would love to have Alonso back at the club.

"Xabi Alonso - best midfielder I've played with, I miss playing with him," he commented.

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