Liverpool and Real Madrid are set to fight for the signature of veteran midfielder Xabi Alonso next summer, or so say reports emanating from Spain.
The Bayern Munich playmaker, who has of course played for both the Reds and Los Blancos in the past, will see his contract at the Allianz Arena expire in mid-2016 unless a new deal is negotiated.
At the moment, he is yet to be offered new terms and two of his former employers are looking into the possibility of signing him on a free if and when he hits the market.
The Alonso rumour
TalkSPORT, relaying the rumour from Spanish news outlet Vozpopuli, claim that Alonso wants his next contract to be a three-year deal. Bayern are said to be unwilling to meet that request.
Hence the problem at hand, which could be solved by him returning to one of two old haunts. There’s no doubting his affinity for either side, but will he add anything with the remaining years at the top of the game that he has left?
Can he do a job?
The logical answer would be yes given the role that he has carved out for himself in the heart of midfield.
In a similar manner to how Andrea Pirlo managed to hold down a place in the Juventus first-team last season, Alonso can more than earn his keep by spraying balls around with lethal precision.
Doubts to be cast
That said, there’s also doubts to be cast over his suitability for either Liverpool or Real. The latter usually get by with purchasing the biggest names in football - those who are just breaking onto the world scene, not looking like fading out of it.
Liverpool, meanwhile, are entering a new era under Jurgen Klopp. The German coach is sure to have big plans for his midfield, and whereas Alonso wouldn’t detract anything from the middle of the park, someone with young vigour and energy might fit better.
Liverpool and Real fans, would you take Alonso back if given the chance? Let us know in the comments box below.