The contract of Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso is coming to an end this upcoming summer.
Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool are all tracking the player and are waiting to see if Real offers the star a new contract. If they do not lock up the maestro, then it will mean a free transfer for a great player with a few good years left.
It has been reported that PSG are willing to offer the player a three-year deal worth 40 million euros. That is a price most clubs will not be able to match.
Liverpool are also said to be looking for a reunion with a former great, but will unlikely be able to pay his hefty wage bill, which is supposedly around 140,000 euros a week.
After PSG, that leaves Manchester City and Chelsea.
City always seems to be in the market for popular, big-name players and would be more than happy to take Alonso in for free. The weekly wages would be nothing for a club that already pays that much for many of its top players.
Chelsea may be the best fit for the veteran. Defensive midfield has been an area of concern at the club with Jose Mourinho still trying to find his preferred pairing in the pivot. Alonso would be able to easily adapt to Jose Mourinho’s tactics and could be the short-term replacement for club legend Frank Lampard.
Xabi Alonso is becoming one of the hottest topics of the transfer window, and despite being in the twilight of his career, he brings with him big-game experience and top-class passing.
It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid pens a deal soon or allows Alonso to leave for free.