Sunday, July 20, 2008

Alonso to play for Arsenal?

According to his agent, Arsenal are interested in signing Liverpool and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is looking for a midfielder to replace Mathieu Flamini, who signed for Serie A club AC Milan.
Alonso looked set to move to Italian giants Juventus this summer, but, the club eventually signed Sevilla's Christian Poulsen instead.
Liverpool have valued Alonso at £14 million, and his agent Inaki Ibanez says Arsenal are wiling to pay up. The sale would help fund a Reds move for Aston Villa skipper Gareth Barry, who is valued at £18 million.
When asked about a possible Alonso move to the Gunners, Ibanez said: "The player knows about this subject and now the decision lies with Liverpool."
Xabi Alonso's agent has claimed the Liverpool midfielder is aware of interest from Arsenal.
The Spaniard has seen a possible move to Juventus hit the buffers after the Italian giants signed Christian Poulsen from Sevilla.
However, reports continue to suggest that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is prepared to sell Alonso to fund his own spending plans.
Alonso is rated in the £14million bracket and has now been linked with a move to the Reds' Premier League rivals Arsenal.
Up to Liverpool
Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is in the market for a midfielder after losing Mathieu Flamini, while Gilberto Silva is set to join Panathinaikos.
Reports in Spain suggest contact has been made between the two clubs and the 26-year-old's agent Inaki Ibanez says the player is waiting for Liverpool's decision.
"The player knows about this subject and now the decision lies with Liverpool," Ibanez told Spanish newspaper Publico.
Alonso's sale would give Benitez the funds to sign Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry, who has also been linked with a move to Arsenal.

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