Breaking News: Liverpool agree Alonso deal

Liverpool have this evening revealed the club have struck a deal with Real Madrid over the sale of Xabi Alonso. The Anfield side revealed the deal on their official website, and say the move is subject to a medical.

The Spaniard has been a long-term target of Madrid this summer, as they look to further strenghten their new look side ahead of the new season. Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez was determined to hold onto the star midfielder, but it seems the the Spanish giants have finally won out this transfer drama.

The deal is believed to be in the region of £30m, and Alonso is expected to sign in the next 48 hours after completing a medial.

Alonso made 199 appearances during his five year spell in England, and scored 19 goals including a vital strike in Liverpool’s Champions League Final heroics in Istanbul in 2005.

A number of players have been linked with Liverpool to replace Alonso, most recently Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen who Sky Sports report is closing in on a move to the Premier League.

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14 thoughts on “Breaking News: Liverpool agree Alonso deal

  1. End of the road for Liverpools title challenge. Can’t see an Aquilani or a Poulsen filling his place.

  2. I wouldn’t say that Shamon, while Alonso is a huge loss, and Aquilani/Poulsen/whoever may not fill his boots immediately, there still should be enough there to mount a decent challenge.

  3. If you say it’s the end of our challenge, What would you say if we had lost our top scorer and a major workhorse eg Torres and Kyut, like United have in Ronaldo and Tevez?

    As awesome as Alonso is, He isn’t bigger than Liverpool. When Kevin Keegan left the pool everyone thought Liverpool would never win a thing again. Then in came King Kenny. YNWA.

  4. A decent challenge perhaps, but if Rafa Benitez had held his big names this summer while Man Utd lost key players and Chelsea and Arsenal dawdle in the transfer market then Liverpool would have been real contenders. Torres & Gerrard get the plaudits but Alonso is a huge loss, for the big games in particular where his class shines through. Poulsen doesn’t come close and the jury is out on Aquilani.

  5. yeah after watching the pre season friendlies i would worry about the team morale and there togetherness the point i am making here is two key players leaving alonso and arbeloa defence does not look right something lacking in prowess and guile and who will fill the centre position i think we should buy in the premier someone with a bit of quality and proven maybe cesc if arsenal would sell or cole of chelsea or jenas of spurs or spanish lad that plays for the blue nose cant think of his name at present but we need to sort this out before facing spurs in first match or i would fear a first loss of the season

  6. Great news for united and chelsea fans, alonso and mascherano complemented eachother very well indeed. I think the only squad stronger than at the end of last season is Chelsea but with their new manager who knows what will happen.
    Title Race is as open as ever, but definitely would be dissapointed if i was a liverpool fan, just as I was dissapointed when Ronaldo left.

  7. Definately agree that Chelsea have the stronger squad since last May.

    I’m a huge fan of Zhirkov, if you read my article on him, and he’s a fantastic addition.

    Cole, Essien, Ballack all fit and healthy, Shevo back – very strong squad.

    Alonso has weakened our side a lot – no noubt about it – but I think we can still mount a serious challenge.

  8. I suppose arsenal fans should also be slightly more optimistic, if they can get lucky with injuries and get RVP and Eduardo firing, I think the other Big 3 will get nervy enough…

  9. It’s such a shame to see him go, but, to get 30mil for him is an absolute steal, especially for a 27 year old. Considering we were gonna sell him for 14mil last summer.

    Hopefully Benetiz spends wisely but it will be difficult boots to fill. That rumor about Stephen Defour from Standard Liege looks promising, he’s quality.

  10. Yes, and you’re not to first to point that out – the mention in the post isn’t plural though?!

  11. What do you mean the mention isn’t plural?
    “and scored 19 goals including a vital brace in Liverpool’s Champions League Final heroics in Istanbul in 2005.” A brace means two goals. Or am I missing something here?

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