The Spain international is out of contract at the end of this season and with Bayern Munich reportedly reluctant to offer him the two to three year deal that he wants, Liverpool FC have been rumoured as his next destination
Xabi Alonso spent several successful seasons at Liverpool FC after being signed by current Real Madrid manager Rafael Ben tez, and could now return to Merseyside at the end of the season, when his current deal at Bayern Munich expires.
The 33-year-old has been a regular for Pep Guardiola, but reports in Germany claim that the Bavarian giants are reluctant to offer him a deal longer than another year, while the World Cup winner is looking for a two-to-three-year deal.
Liverpool FC touted as a possible destination
Alonso will be out of contract at the end of the season, and German daily Bild have claimed that the Spaniard could well return to Merseyside. The report states that Bayern Munich will not renew the former Real Madrid star’s contract, and with Liverpool FC reportedly looking for a central midfielder, a return to his old club is on the cards.
Bild say that Bayern Munich have found their long-term replacement already — 20-year-old Joshua Kimmich. The former Stuttgart midfielder has found regular playing time hard to come by, particularly with the signing of Arturo Vidal and the return from injury of Thiago. The departure of Alonso, who has also been used as a centre-back in the past by Guardiola, will give Kimmich the opportunity to stake a claim for a spot in the starting eleven.
Liverpool FC should look to the future rather than trying to relive the past
Although there is no doubt that Xabi Alonso is an outstanding midfielder, mobility has never been one of the Spaniard’s key strengths. His passing range is second to none, but his suitability to JA?rgen Klopp’s philosophy and style of play is, at best, questionable.
With youngsters like Jordan Rossiter waiting in the wings, the Reds must now look to the future. Alonso’s wage demands would be significant, and offering a 34-year-old a relatively long-term deal on high wages can backfire badly. Although the transfer is certainly plausible, it would be surprising if the powers that be at Anfield choose to go back to the past.