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Sunday, August 24, 2008

Rafael Benitez Warned Arsenal over Xabi Alonso Bid

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez threw a warning for Arsenal over their bid for Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso. There was clear indication in Benitez’s words that Arsenal must increase their budget if they really want to sign the Spanish midfielder. Arsenal, on the other hand, has been looking for a central midfielder for the last few weeks to bolster their weakened midfield by the end of summer transfer window. Besides Alonso, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is also considering Gareth Barry, who has also been a target of Liverpool, and Udinese’s Gokhan Inler.

Arsenal is reportedly interested to spend £14m for landing the Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso, but that does not match the amount Liverpool valued for Spain’s Euro 2008 winning midfielder. It has been reported that Arsenal might have to add two millions more t create a possible chance of signing Alonso. Benitez said that he wanted to sell Xabi Alonso because he needed money and could not sell the midfielder for cheap. Now, let us see if Wenger would really increase his proposed bid for Xabi Alonso by few millions or would sign either Barry or Inler in Summer. However, it is true that Gareth Barry’s sale-on price is less likely to be less than that of Alonso.

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