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Report: Xabi Alonso heading to Manchester United

Aug 21, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

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Another day means one thing,  another star is reportedly heading to Manchester United. This time Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is the man linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Alonso, 32, has played in the Premier League before, for United’s bitter rivals Liverpool. The Spanish international left Liverpool in 2009 and won the UEFA Champions League with Real last season, while also having the 2010 World Cup and both the 2008 and 2012 European Championship titles with Spain under his belt.

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Tidy on the ball and possessing a biting tackle, Alonso compliments Real’s superstars superbly as he wins the ball and distributes it to Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and co. with minimum fuss. Could he soon be doing the same for Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie? Having Alonso sit in midfield alongside fellow Spaniards Juan Mata and Ander Herrera would be a joy to behold. He would bring the right amount of grit and determination but could also knock the ball around with Herrera and Mata in the middle to create a hub of ingenuity in Louis van Gaal’s new-look team. Earlier on in the summer van Gaal was said to be in for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong but interest in the player he coached for the Dutch national team has since dwindled.

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According to the Daily Express, Alonso is available to move as Real Madrid try to trim their ridiculously large squad which is at least two deep in every position. At Real he has to compete with Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Asier Illarramendi and Luka Modric just to get in the team. With United chasing Arturo Vidal and Kevin Strootman this summer, Alonso could be a great buy in the meantime. Vidal’s protracted move from Juventus seems to be fizzling out, while Dutch international Strootman is out inured until at least December.

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Plus, if United move in for Alonso it will actually scupper Arsenal and Chelsea’s plans to buy Khedira from Real. However with news arriving on Thursday that Khedira has rejected a new deal at Real Madrid, perhaps Alonso will remain in Madrid.

A few stumbling blocks could line this deal, one being Alonso’s refusal to play for United having formally been a fans favorite after starring for Liverpool in a five-year spell where he won the Champions League and numerous other trophies. However if the Spaniard fancies a return to the North West of England, a move to United would seal that. But why shouldn’t Alonso remain at Real and fight for his spot?

Following United’s opening day defeat to Swansea City, new boss van Gaal is hurriedly knitting together a new team with less than two weeks until the transfer window slams shut. Will Alonso be a part of that team?

  1. ravenswhat - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Stick a fork in him.

  2. trevordaniles - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    retirement league…

    • hazacar145 - Aug 21, 2014 at 8:32 PM

      you must be really stupid

  3. garth25 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I’ll drop Trou on Madison Avenue if Xabi signs for Man United. The lad has great respect for his former club at the other end of the M62.

  4. geejon - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    If this is true it’s pretty pathetic and a sign that there are very deep problems at Manchester United.

    I don’t know what a 32 y/o is supposed to do for a team in desperate need of multiple world-class players in the primes of their careers. Xabi Alonso, at this point in his career, will not push them much closer to a top 4 finish anymore than a year of Fletcher/Cleverly/Carrick next to Hererra will. It’s basically rearranging deck chairs on the titanic.

  5. raidersownyou - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Not happening.

  6. lordfletcher - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Fishing for clicks today guys?

  7. fantom21 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Please let it be true. I only have tv access to the premier league since my cable company doesn’t offer BeIn Sports, so I’m hoping that every world class player that is linked to an EPL side ends up signing for them.

  8. Comrade23 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    “A few stumbling blocks could line this deal, one being Alonso’s refusal to play for United”
    Um, doesn’t that completely negate everything else in the article? Jeebus, what a bunch of nonsense. Although on the plus side, you’ll soon have another “Star Rejects Man United Move” story to put up. And I can’t stop reading those.

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