Chelsea and Manchester City linked with Xabi Alonso

Chelsea and Manchester City are both reported to be considering a bid for Liverpool's Xabi Alonso after his move to Real Madrid appears to have stalled.

The La Liga club look set to sign former midfielder Esteban Granero from Getafe for a lot less than the £35m price tag that Liverpool have put on Alonso.

The former Real Sociedad midfielder spoke last week about his desire to join Real Madrid but Granero's imminent arrival at the Bernabeu would appear to put the kibosh on Alonso moving back to Spain.

According to ESPN, both Chelsea and the Premier League's big spenders Manchester City are now both sniffing around Alonso as they look to strengthen their midfield ahead of the coming season. The Citizens are probably the only club in the world who could afford to splash out £35m on the 27-year-old.

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