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    byebye alonso...


    SPANISH STAR TO MOVE


    Real and Liverpool agree fee for Alonso move


    August 5, 2009



    Liverpool's Xabi Alonso is poised to sign for Real Madrid on Wednesday after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be £30m for the Spain international.

    The end of a summer-long saga over the 28 year-old's future ended when Liverpool issued a short statement effectively bringing to a close his spell on Merseyside.

    The statement read: "Liverpool Football Club this evening confirmed they had reached agreement for the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, subject only to a medical. The terms of the deal will remain confidential and undisclosed.''

    But although Liverpool will not reveal the details of the deal, privately sources were maintaining that manager Rafael Benitez had got his own way over the fee.

    It is believed that Madrid made another attempt to end the deadlock with an offer of £30m that will rise to £34m depending on Alonso's success over the first two years of what is believed to be a five-year contract.

    Alonso had trained with his Liverpool colleagues on Tuesday afternoon at the club's Melwood complex.

    But as the Liverpool party headed for John Lennon airport and a charter flight to Norway for Wednesday's friendly with Lyn Oslo, Alonso was heading back to Spain.

    Real Madrid issued a statement of their own, confirming he will have a medical on Wednesday.

    Assuming all goes well, he will join his former Liverpool team-mates Alvaro Arbeloa - who moved to Real last week for £3.5m - and goalkeeper Jerzy Dudek at the Bernabeu.

    Alonso and Dudek were part of the famous night in Istanbul when Liverpool lifted the European Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory over AC Milan.

    Now only Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher remain at the club from the 18 players on the team sheet in Istanbul that night.

    Alonso's departure has been a long and painful experience for Liverpool fans, who had taken the Basque midfielder to their hearts.

    Benitez tried to sell him last summer in the complexities of his unsuccessful fight to sign Gareth Barry from Aston Villa.

    Alonso did not want to go then, and has always felt that he was being forced out of the club to finance the Barry deal.

    This summer it was Benitez who did not want to lose the player, who is believed to have told his manager on the final day of last season that he wanted to return to Spain.

    From that point on, Madrid waged a persistent war to sign the player as they assembled a new squad under president Florentino Perez.

    With the Alonso deal, Perez will have spent around £220m in two months on Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Raul Albiol, Esteban Granero, Arbeloa, Alvaro Negredo and Karim Benzema.

    That haul is Madrid's response to Barcelona's historic treble of Champions League, La Liga and Spanish Cup.

    But although Perez did not consider Alonso to be a player who 'will sell shirts', the Spain international has been almost as difficult to prise away from his club as Ronaldo.
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    bye bye Xabi... you've made the same mistake like mickey ouchwen... when he left for Real we won the champions league.. now that you've gone over..


    We're winning the League Title !!!

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    Who Will Replace Xabi At Liverpool...?


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    If Real Madrid stop farting around and stump up the extra cash, Xabi Alonso could be an ex-Liverpool player pretty soon. But who will replace him in Rafa's midfield? We look at a few candidates.

    In no particular order...


    STEVEN DEFOUR
    Who he? Standard Liege midfielder, coveted by Everton among others, and was even mentioned as a possible alternative target for Real Madrid should they grow weary of the Xabi chase. Was made Liege captain last season despite being a mere 21 years of age.

    Pros: Known for his range of passing, Defour would represent a similar prospect as Alonso when he signed back in 2004 (the Spaniard was 23), and at such a young age could be moulded into an Alonso-style playmaker. Is also much quicker than Alonso, so could provide more impetus from the middle of the park.

    Cons: It's 18 years and counting, and Liverpool crave a title challenge now, not in a couple of years when Defour has got used to the rigours of the Premier League. He's also never played outside Belgium, which isn't exactly the highest calibre of leagues, and with figures of £18million being mentioned, would be a bloody expensive gamble.


    JAVI MARTINEZ
    Who he? Rangy Athletic Bilbao powerhouse, Bilbao paid a hefty (for them) six million Euros for Martinez when he was 17. He's now 20 and has been touted as a Liverpool target for some time, being described as having a similar style of play to Steven Gerrard.

    Pros: Would add the sort of thrust and urgency that is not Alonso's forte, and could also take some of the attacking pressure off Gerrard. Before Rafa Benitez, Spaniards had a reputation for failing in the Premier League (Reyes, Mendieta), but under his guidance they have generally, with the odd exception, thrived at Anfield.

    Cons: Would Benitez be replacing the wrong player? Alonso's worth is that he brings some calmness and order to the Liverpool midfield. The primary reason their 4-2-3-1 formation works so well is that Alonso and Javier Mascherano's contrasting styles blend perfectly, allowing Gerrard to roam free ahead of them. Would Martinez want to play his captain's role?


    LEE CATTERMOLE
    Who he? Wigan midfielder, was one of Steve Bruce's more astute purchases when he signed from Middlesbrough last summer. A stocky midfield battler, Cattermole is wanted by Bruce again, but has been mentioned in dispatches as a target for Liverpool.

    Pros: Young, hungry and English, which will come in handy with Sepp Blatter's quota rules for the Champions League on the horizon. Known as a scrapper, he does have a decent range of passing and impressed in the recent Under-21 European Championships.

    Cons: Again, would Benitez be replacing the wrong player? Cattermole might be an option if Mascherano leaves, although he's not yet in the Argentine's league. If the two were to play together their styles could well be far too similar. And this with the assumption that he's even top four/Champions League material.


    ALBERTO AQUILANI
    Who he? Stylish Roma midfielder, Aquilani is seen by the cash-strapped Italians as one of the men they are loathe to lose (alongside the likes of Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti), as shown by their keenness to tie him to a five-year contract in May.

    Pros: Possibly the closest direct replacement for Alonso on this list, Aquilani has a beautiful right foot with which he not only sprays around pinpoint passes, but hits a b***ard of a free-kick. Young, but experienced enough to not be steamrollered by the demands of life in England.

    Cons: His appearance record should be a concern. He made 13 league appearances last season, 21 the year before and 14 before that. That was largely down to injuries, but with the likes of De Rossi, David Pizarro and Simone Perotta also at Roma, he was not always an automatic choice when fit.


    RAFAEL VAN DER VAART
    Who he? The golden boy of Dutch football, he merked the footballing world in 2006 when, instead of stepping up from Ajax to one of the European superpowers, he moved to Hamburg. A switch to Real Madrid followed last summer (when another creative midfielder was the last thing Real needed), but it was a frustrating season punctuated by fitness issues and a rumoured falling-out with Juande Ramos.

    Pros: Beautifully composed, proud owner of a brilliant touch and a superb passer, it's a dreadful shame that Van der Vaart's career has stalled to the extent that he is now essentially being forced out of Madrid (he hasn't been given a squad number for the new season) to make room for their shiny new recruits. Also, would presumably bring his ridiculously attractive wife Sylvie to these shores. Think Cheryl Cole without the penchant for nightclub toilet fisticuffs.

    Cons: Is really suited to a more advanced role than Alonso currently fills, so there would be plenty of concerns about his positional discipline. Also, would perhaps be a little lightweight for life in Blighty - one of Alonso's more under-appreciated strengths was, erm, his strength, which allowed him to compete with the midfield s**t-kickers of the Premier League.


    MIKEL ARTETA
    Who he? Everton midfielder, often found on the flank but was a central midfielder earlier in his career. A good pal of Alonso (they were both born in San Sebastian and both played for Real Sociedad, though at different times), Arteta is currently recovering from a knee ligament injury suffered in February.

    Pros: Certainly has the touch and passing to fill his buddy's boots, while Arteta has flourished out wide for Everton, the freedom afforded by superior colleagues could mean he provides just as much threat from the middle. Would also probably offer more of a goal threat than Alonso, and having played in England for four years, we know he's up to it.

    Cons: Purchasing a man who has played on the flank for much of his time in the Premier League to replace a pivotal centre midfielder would be a hell of a punt, no matter how much potential is involved. While Liverpool fans would be delighted if they nicked one of their rivals' best players, one only needs to look at the fearsome and stubborn scrap Everton are putting up over Joleon Lescott's proposed move to Manchester City. It could get ugly, and may distract everyone from more important matters.


    JAY SPEARING
    Who he? Liverpool youth product and local boy (he was born in Wallasey), Spearing is highly thought of at Anfield, so much so that he was given a three-year contract in July. Spent the best part of a decade at the Liverpool Academy before graduating in 2007.

    Pros: Everyone feels heartened and more enthusiastic about a home-grown talent, and if the early signs are anything to go by then this particular talent could be great indeed. Although Liverpool were 3-0 ahead of Real Madrid at the time, Spearing impressed all present with a confident display when he came on in the Champions League last season.

    Cons: That cameo against Real was the last time he appeared in the Liverpool first team, suggesting that Benitez is either easing him slowly into the first-team picture or that he's not up to the task just yet. Replacing a proven talent with an untried youth team product would be a colossal gamble, and in any case his style of play is more in the tenacious mould of Mascherano than Alonso.


    STEVEN GERRARD
    Who he? You know exactly who he is. The Sun (yeah yeah) speculated at the weekend that Benitez will use the money from Alonso's sale to purchase a striker - David Villa in this case - and will move Gerrard back from his extremely successful free role into a more rigid midfield position.

    Pros: It's undoubtedly easier for Gerrard to lead in a slightly more withdrawn role. Gerrard likes to grab games by the lapels and drag them kicking and screaming into Liverpool's favour, something that is more suited to someone in the middle. Also, those Hollywood balls do sometimes come off, and his tackling prowess is somewhat wasted as a striker.

    Cons: Would disrupt the entire balance of the team. Assorted Liverpool and England managers spent about eight years trying to find Gerrard's best position (central midfield, right-wing, left-wing and even right-back were all tried) before slotting him in behind Fernando Torres partway through the 2007/8 season. Why mess with that now?


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    Quote Originally Posted by zhapchit View Post
    bye bye Xabi... you've made the same mistake like mickey ouchwen... when he left for Real we won the champions league.. now that you've gone over..


    We're winning the League Title !!!
    at least he is bringing in 30mil GBP.


    mickey mouse ouchwen left for a loose change of only 8mil GBP for a player who is in his prime and the previous year just won the European Player of the Year.

    ouchwen is in a CLASS of his own.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marios_pittas View Post
    Thanks for the memories Xavi and all the best..

    -- Marios

    bro, it's Xabi
    If Xavi plays for us, that will be pretty interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zhapchit View Post
    bye bye Xabi... you've made the same mistake like mickey ouchwen... when he left for Real we won the champions league.. now that you've gone over..


    We're winning the League Title !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesecake View Post
    byebye alonso...


    SPANISH STAR TO MOVE


    Real and Liverpool agree fee for Alonso move
    Adiós Xabi

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    So sad.....

    At the current moment, I don't see any suitable direct replacement for Alonso. I would prefer Rafa to spend the extra cash on a top striker to partner Torres, and put Gerrard back into midfield. But that is provided we can keep Mascherano also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    bro, it's Xabi
    If Xavi plays for us, that will be pretty interesting.
    Aia lah.. don't be so picky. I natively speak Greek not Spanish! Picky picky picky.. LOL.... then again could it be that Real got the wrong player also?

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    Quote Originally Posted by marios_pittas View Post
    Aia lah.. don't be so picky. I natively speak Greek not Spanish! Picky picky picky.. LOL.... then again could it be that Real got the wrong player also?
    whatever...
    alonso is history, wish him all the best at RM, probably will warm the bench a lot

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    bye alonso and hello to 30mil GBP!!! WOOOOOO!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesecake View Post
    bye alonso and hello to 30mil GBP!!! WOOOOOO!
    sure got 30mil boh?

    http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drill...90804-1808.htm
    LIVERPOOL AGREE ALONSO DEAL
    Paul Eaton 04 August 2009

    Liverpool Football Club this evening confirmed they had reached agreement for the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, subject only to a medical.
    The terms of the deal will remain confidential and undisclosed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    sure got 30mil boh?

    http://www.liverpoolfc.tv/news/drill...90804-1808.htm
    LIVERPOOL AGREE ALONSO DEAL
    Paul Eaton 04 August 2009

    Liverpool Football Club this evening confirmed they had reached agreement for the sale of Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid, subject only to a medical.
    The terms of the deal will remain confidential and undisclosed.
    of cos dun haf la!

    put 30mil GBP is to make us fans harpie n not KPKB too much mah!


    maybe only sold him for 10mil GBP!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesecake View Post
    of cos dun haf la!

    put 30mil GBP is to make us fans harpie n not KPKB too much mah!


    maybe only sold him for 10mil GBP!

    either RM tio chopped carrot, or raf999 tio conned to lelong sale

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    either RM tio chopped carrot, or raf999 tio conned to lelong sale
    i think is us fans tio cheated of our feelings... boooobooooooo!
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    Want to go JUST GO! The season gonna Start! Just use the 30mil find a good replacement and not LUCAS OR ELZHAR PLEASE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpy View Post
    whatever...
    alonso is history, wish him all the best at RM, probably will warm the bench a lot
    Heh.. wondering from the LFC people here, lets just assume that he flops at RM, how much would you think he is worth buying back after one year?

    Personally, I feel no more than 10mil.. anyone??

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    Quote Originally Posted by marios_pittas View Post
    Heh.. wondering from the LFC people here, lets just assume that he flops at RM, how much would you think he is worth buying back after one year?

    Personally, I feel no more than 10mil.. anyone??

    why do u worry about something that is 1 year down the road?
    we might not need to buy him back after one year

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    i think Arteta would make a good replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by domdomino View Post
    i think Arteta would make a good replacement.

    I am not so sure about that

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