Liverpool’s reported intentions of bringing Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso back to Anfield have been threatened by interest in the Spanish international from Serie A champions Juventus, according to the Daily Express.

Alonso, who has won 107 caps for Spain, has seen a foot injury and a raft of other central midfielders at the Spanish side's disposal mean that Reak have become open to selling the 31-year-old, whose contract expires in the summer.

Although a stalwart of the Real team for the past three seasons, his injury, alongside the promising performances of Luka Modric, Sami Khedira and new signing Asier Illarramendi have seen Alonso pushed to the fringes of manager Carlo Ancelotti's plans.

The leading interest in the player, who may be available for as little as £5 million given his contract status, comes from his former club Liverpool and former Real manager Jose Mourinho. However, Juventus have now reportedly entered the running for the Spanish midfielder, who was an integral part of Spain's World Cup and European Championship winning sides.

According to reports in Italy, the Serie A champions see Alonso as the natural short-term replacement for Andrea Pirlo, who turns 35 this season and has seen his untouchable status at the club weakened. 

Whether or not the Italian club are successful in their pursuit of Alonso will most likely depend on the level of sentimentality the midfielder feels towards his past club and manager alongside the willingness of Pirlo, who is Juve's undoubted midfield king, to readily accept a challenger to his throne. 

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