Alonso looks set to leave Liverpool

Xabi Alonso could be set to swap Liverpool for Real Madrid with reports that the Spanish midfielder bade farewell to a number of staff members at Anfield yesterday. The Times claims that the Premier League runners up have slapped a £35m price tag on the player's head and that he will move to the Bernabeu before the start of next season.

Despite being a key figure for Liverpool since joining the Reds back in 2004, Alonso's relationship with Rafael Benitez is said to have become strained ever since the Liverpool manager tried to sign Gareth Barry last season.

Although it now appears that Benitez wants to hold onto Alonso, having again missed out Barry's signature, a number of unofficial reports from the Merseyside club suggest that the former Real Sociedad player will move back to La Liga in the summer with Real his most likely destination.

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