Monday, August 4, 2008

Arsenal Make 26-Year-Old-Midfield Approach

Arsenal are reported to have made an approach to sign Xabi Alonso but been deterred from making a formal offer due to Liverpool's exorbitant £18m valuation of the Spanish midfielder.

Arsene Wenger has made no secret of his wish to purchase an experienced midfielder - a description that certainly applies to the 26-year-old Alonso - before the transfer window closes at the end of the month, but, for the moment, a deal remains a distant possibility. 'Rafa Benítez's price tag has deterred Arsenal from returning with a firm offer for a player they value at closer to the £10.5m Liverpool paid Real Sociedad for him four years ago,' reports The Guardian.

Although Benitez's plan is to balance the £18m signing of Gareth Barry by selling Alonso for a similar fee, Wenger hopes the price for the Spaniard will drop significantly before August 31. Juventus, the only other club to have expressed an interest in securing Alonso's services this summer, have since announced that they will not sign the midfielder.

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