Benitez gives the all clear for midfielder’s departure
While the English press are today suggesting that Liverpool are reticent to part with Xabi Alonso, our friends in Spain are convinced that a deal with Real Madrid will go through in the next 48 hours.
Marca report that Rafa Benitez has given his blessing to a €30m deal, provided it is sorted before training resumes on Thursday. AS concur that a transfer to the La Liga side is imminent, and even go as far as publishing a (possibly-completely-fabricated) heart-to-heart between the manager and player:
Benitez: “I want you to resolve your situation as soon as possible, for better or for worse. Ideally, the transfer will be resolved in 48 hours. I need time to find a replacement. “
Apparently, Madrid have had no response from a €27m faxed bid earlier in the week, but it is understood an improved offer of a little over €30m will settle things.
AS report that Liverpool are under pressure to raise funds to pay a €69m debt on the refinancing deal that Billy Bob Gillett and Hank Hicks organised when they took charge of the club, and therefore may be selling Alonso out of necessity.