Xabi Alonso’s €30m Real Madrid transfer to be resolved within 48 hours

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Benitez gives the all clear for midfielder’s departure

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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.

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