Manchester United and Chelsea’s hopes of signing Xabi Alonso have been boosted as the 31-year-old is said to be keen on sealing a move away from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Star.
The former Liverpool midfielder is attracting interest from a host of sides around Europe and reports suggest Manchester United are leading the race to sign the Real Madrid man.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, who worked with Alonso at Real Madrid for three years, wants to bring the deep-lying playmaker to Stamford Bridge either in January or next summer.
Alonso is available on a free transfer next summer, which means he can begin negotiations with teams outside of Spain in January.
The Spain international, who has only played four games for to a Carlo Ancelotti’s Real Madrid this season due a foot injury, is apparently in favour of moving to a club outside of his native country.
Serie A giants Juventus are also said to be keeping an eye on Alonso’s situation .