Liverpool and Chelsea will have to fight off Juventus if they want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.
According to the Express, Liverpool are keen on bringing the Spain international back to Anfield, while Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho wants to link up with the player again after managing him at Real Madrid last season.
However, reports in Italy claim the Serie A champions see Alonso as the perfect replacement for star midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
Pirlo has been crucial to Antonio Conte’s side winning the past two Scudetti, but he is now 34 years old and the report claims Juventus are scouting for a possible successor.
Alonso is entering into the final year of his contract with Real Madrid and is yet to sign an extension, though reports this week suggested he is close to signing a new one.
Tuttosport claim Juventus are hoping to persuade him to turn down a new deal and move to Turin next summer on a free transfer.
Alonso has remained a firm favourite with Liverpool fans since his £30million switch the Santiago Bernabeu after falling out with then Anfield boss Rafael Benitez.
The Kop would love to see the 31-year-old wear the red shirt once more, but Brendan Rodgers will struggle to match any offer from the likes of Chelsea and Juventus.
Mourinho is reportedly looking for a new central midfielder after sending Oriol Romeu, another Spaniard, on loan to Valencia for a season.
Liverpool cannot offer Champions League football while Chelsea and Juventus can, though moving to Stamford Bridge would likely be the most lucrative option.
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