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Xabi Alonso On The Verge Of £5million Switch To Bayern Munich, Say Reports

It appears Xabi Alonso isn’t finished making news today.

Fresh from the announcement that he has retired from international competition, Alonso is reportedly on the verge of a £5 million move to Bayern Munich, according to stories emanating from Germany and Spain. Should the deal take place, speculation is the 32-year-old will sign a two-year contract with the Bundesliga champions.

Bayern Munich have been looking for a midfield replacement for Javi Martinez, after the 25-year-old suffered a long-term injury during the DFL-Supercup. Speculation is the German giants had been lining up a move from Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira. But Pep Guardiola has apparently chosen to go with the veteran leadership of his Los Blancos teammate, Xabi Alonso.

Even though Alonso signed a two-year extension with the Spanish club in January (which would have seen his contact run until 2016), Real Madrid’s midfield has become overcrowded following the additions of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos this summer. Speculation is the club is comfortable with the idea of the 32-year-old midfielder leaving for Germany, considering Alonso’s age and the fact that the La Liga giants will recoup some money in the deal.

The Spanish television station La Sexta has reported that Bayern Munich have reached an agreement with the now-retired Spain international.

While the German publication BILD stated that Alonso has handed in a transfer request and is destined to leave the ten-time champions of Europe as early as Thursday.

Should the deal be finalized, Alonso will become Bayern’s second signing of the week, following Mehdi Benatia’s transfer from AS Roma.

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  1. Flyvanescence

    August 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    He was so key in the run to La Decima and was noticeably missed in the final. I think if he goes they will miss him more than Di Maria. Khedira could be a worthy replacement and though although he is not the distributor Alonso is, he is equally good defensively and has great energy.

    • Jake

      August 29, 2014 at 12:11 am

      100% Agree.
      But doesn’t it strike you as odd they’re selling 2/3s of a UCL winning midfield?
      Xabi was the man in the UCL. He sat deep and as you correctly stated was badly missed in the final.
      They’ll definitely miss Di Maria for the games against Barcelona and potentially Bayern. He was best utilized breaking with pace and disrupting the play of the tiki taka sides. The 4-3 Clasico was the best display of this.

  2. Brian

    August 27, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    Liverpool should bring him back as he is better than Gerrard. For 5-8 million which is what’s being reported it’s a steal for such a good defensive midfielder. If he does go to Bayern he’ll do well there. Quality player who still has something in his game.

    • Martin J.

      August 28, 2014 at 7:04 am

      Rodgers is too stubborn to replace Gerrard who is the weak link in the side at the moment. That’s why Alonso will not return. Reports say Liverpool may be in for Alex Song who is priced at 10 million by Barcelona and nowhere nearly as good as Alonso. Unless Liverpool solve the Gerrard conundrum they will struggle this season.

    • yespage

      August 28, 2014 at 10:12 am

      Until last year, Liverpool hadn’t been the same since Alonso left. For 5 million, that would be an absurd steal!

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