Chelsea and Liverpool have been dealt a transfer blow in their pursuit of midfielder Xabi Alonso, according to reports.
Metro cite speculation in Spain when claiming that the player is set to be offered a new deal before end of the year, with a wage increase to around £4.2million per year.
The news comes just days after Sami Khedira, Alonso’s rival for a place at the heart of the Real Madrid side, suffered cruciate knee ligament damage whilst on international duty with Germany.
Alonso also wants the security of a new two-year deal at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the club are again willing to meet those demands, the report claims.
The news will be a blow to interested Premier League parties, of which Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is reported to be one.
‘The Special One’ utilised the 31-year-old during his time in La Liga, and was tipped to try and do the same at Stamford Bridge if he could lure the player to the Blues.
However, a move to west London now looks unlikely, and Alonso won’t be joining compatriots Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta at Chelsea anytime soon.
For Liverpool, the news will be a crushing blow to their hopes of bringing a club legend back to the club.
Alonso joined the Reds back in 2004, and spent five successful years at Anfield under old boss Rafa Benitez.
However, he left Merseyside under a cloud in 2009, and has subsequently admitted on a number of occasions that the club remain close to his heart.
Liverpool fans would have loved to have the midfielder back on their books as Brendan Rodgers looks to build a side capable of challenging for the Premier League title, but it looks like the club will have to wait for now.
What will also disappoint the interested parties is that Alonso might have been available for a bargain £3million in January, according to Metro, as his contract moved towards a summer expiry date.