European Transfer News: Real Madrid still after Xabi Alonso, the latest on John Terry
Here’s the latest European Transfer News that included Real Madrids pursuit of Liverpool star Xabi Alonso and the latest on John Terry and Manchester City’s bid at the Chelsea captain.
Real Madrid still after Xabi Alonso - Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini has reaffirmed his club’s interest in Liverpool midfielderXabi Alonso yet reports suggest there could be other clubs interested in buying the Spanish international.
Pellegrini wants to add Alonso to his big-name arrivals.
Sources in Spain insist that both Chelsea and Manchester City have been in touch with Alonso’s agent to enquire about the current situation.
So far Madrid have refused to meet the asking price of around £30m. Pellegrini said in an interview with Sky Sports from Real’s Irish training camp: “Alonso is a very good player, but I do not know now what is going to happen. He is a Liverpool player, but we will see what happens in the future.
“He is a player that I like, but I cannot speak about players who are not at Real Madrid now.”
Benitez has declined to be drawn on the issue after arriving in Bangkok earlier this week, other than to say that the player was available for selection the club’s friendly against Thailand.
Alonso, who has previously spoken on his interest in the Real Madrid “project” hopes to discuss the situation with Benitez while Liverpool are on their Far East tour, with a further game in Singapore on Sunday before they fly home to the UK.
Madrid are likely to wait until then before re-opening negotiations, with Benitez intent on holding out for the £30million he wants to reinvest in the transfer market. – ESPNSoccerNet.com - http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=662244&sec=transfers&cc=5901
The Latest On John Terry - Carlo Ancelotti has vowed John Terry‘s Chelsea future will be settled within a week.
The Blues boss is determined to keep Terry at Stamford Bridge, despite a huge offer on the table from Manchester City.
Mark Hughes wants to take the England captain to Eastlands in a deal that could be worth up to £40m, but Ancelotti has now enlisted owner Roman Ambramovich to help persuade Terry to stay at Stamford Bridge for the rest of his career.
And the Italian has promised a resolution in the next seven days. Ancelotti said: “For John it is not a distraction this question because he is very concentrated and focused. I think that in one week nobody will have a problem about John Terry.
“John wants to stay in Chelsea and Chelsea want john terry to be captain for more years. It is normal other teams want him because he is a great player and all teams want to buy a great player.
“These are normal questions but he stays in the same team because he is a captain for Chelsea, it is impossible to sell John Terry. There is no problem with Manchester City. If Manchester City want to improve and buy the best players.
“Paolo Maldini never thinks to go away from Milan, and I think John Terry also thinks this. Loyalty is very important because Terry like Ashley Cole, Lampard, Drogba is a very important player.
“Not only as players but as men, they are great men and they present an example for other players. This is very important for the club.”
German midfielder Michael Ballack will miss Tuesday’s friendly with Inter Milan and ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho who faces his former club for the first time.
Ballack has a toe injury and the rest of his tour is in doubt. – ESPNSoccerNet.com - http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=662085&sec=transfers&cc=5901