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Liverpool to do battle with Real Madrid to re-sign Xabi Alonso

Former Kop favourite is out of contract at Bayern Munich at end of the season

Published 07/12/2015 | 08:17

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso vie for the ball
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez and Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso vie for the ball

Xabi Alonso's proposed return to Liverpool could be derailed by Real Madrid.

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According to the Daily Star, Liverpool are interested in re-signing the Spanish playmaker, whose contract at Bayern Munich expires at the end of the season.

Xabi Alonso is being investigated in Spain over tax allegations.
Xabi Alonso is being investigated in Spain over tax allegations.

But the potential deal is complicated by former Reds manager Rafa Benitez entering the fray by trying to lure Alonso to work with him again at Real.

Alonso, now 34, would be welcomed back with open arms by the Kop, who still hold him in the highest esteem after a profitable five years on Merseyside between 2004 and 2009.

The Spaniard has been coy about his future thus far though, and when asked about a possible switch said: "At the moment I am focused on the season and Bayern.

"I don't know what is going to happen in the future but hopefully I will know soon. My family and I are feeling very comfortable in Munich and we are happy here."

Xabi Alonso attends with his wife Nagore Aramburu the Oktoberfest beer festival
Xabi Alonso attends with his wife Nagore Aramburu the Oktoberfest beer festival

Elsewhere, Metro reports that Jurgen Klopp wants to be reunited with former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Kevin Grosskreutz.

The versatile German is currently at Galatasaray, but problems with his documentation have meant he is ineligible until January 2016.

Consequently, Grosskreutz has grown unsettled in Turkey and would reportedly be willing to cut his losses and leave in the new year.

There have also been developments regarding Liverpool's pursuit of Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato.

Spanish website Don Balon claims that the Reds are in advanced talks to land the former Milan striker, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United.

Finally, Fichajes (another Spanish website, and one which deal almost exclusively in deals that don't then happen) reckons Klopp will sign former Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez in January.

The Spaniard, currently at AC Milan, has lost his place to 16-year-old Gianluigi Donnarumma and hasn't played for two months.

Liverpool would want to bring him in as competition for first-choice keeper Simon Mignolet.

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