English Premier League

Report: Manchester United Looking to Grab Xabi Alonso


alonsoAnother star’s name has appeared on the transfer rumor mill Thursday and this time it is Spain international and Read Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.

A report has Alonso linked with a move taking him to Old Trafford in Northern England.

Alonso, who is 32, is familiar with the English Premier League, as he played for Liverpool, one of United’s most bitter rivals.

In 2009, he left Liverpool to join Real Madrid and last season won the Champion League title with the Spanish club. He also has won the 2008 and 2012 European Championship and the 2010 World Cup with Spain.

Alonso complements the superstars at Madrid with his biting tackles and ability to win balls and distribute them to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and a host of other players on the club.

Manchester United could see him doing something similar for Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney. Having a talent in midfield like Alonso alongside Ander Herrera and Juan Mata would be great joy for Red Devils fans and the United strikers.

His strength, power and determination would make the United midfield one of the best in England.

According to a daily in England, Alonso can move from Real as the club attempt to trim some off their large squad, which is two or more deep at every position. At Real, Alonso will be competing with Luka Modric, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos and Asier Illarramendi.

With United after Kevin Strootman and Arturo Vidal this summer, the Spaniard could be a great pickup for right now.

Vidal’s move out of Juventus seems to be fizzling little by little, while Strootman the Dutch international is not moving anywhere until December or later.

In addition, if United go after Alonso it would hurt Chelsea and Arsenal’s idea of grabbing Sami Khedira. However, Khedira has rejected a new contract and could leave Real, which would mean Alonso would likely stay put.

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