Reports today say that Xabi Alonso flew into Madrid last night as he seeks to complete his move to Real Madrid. It is said that Liverpool have given Madrid 48 hours to come up with the cash to complete the deal. “How much do we really want for Alonso?” no one seems to know. Madrid do not seem to want to pay much for Alonso. The Spanish giants’ president Florentino Perez said: ‘Some people obviously thought that because we said we wanted more Spanish players, they could ask for fees which don’t correspond to reality.’
It is funny how the price of English players in England is astronomical! Just look at how much we spent on Glen Johnson. So now Spanish teams do not want to break the bank for Spanish players? That does not make sense. Madrid should pay a high price for Alonso thus I agree with Rafa for sticking to his guns and saying he does not want anything less than £30million for Alonso.
But now that Alonso is in Spain, I will not be surprised if we hear any second now that he has completed his move to Real and they have accepted to give us the cash. Watch this space as we will keep you updated on the latest news with regards to Alonso. Hopefully in the next 48 hours we will know what is happening.
When someone spends 200 million on players one day and complains about 30 million for one of the premier central midfielders in the world, he is trying to eat his cake and keep it too. Watch us against any major side in Europe the past three years and you will notice we boss the match regardless who the opponent is. A large part of this is Xabi’s ability to pick the ball back up quickly for us defensively (which he gets far too little credit for) and then deliver it ahead on a dime. He is a brilliant player and still very young, so 30 million for Madrid would be a steal. More so than Ronaldo at 80 million, I guarantee Alonso would do more to bring them trophies than him or Kaka. Scoring wasn’t their problem as I recall.