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Real Madrid set to match Liverpool's asking price for Alonso
04 August 2009 @ 11:24

Xabi Alonso has been subject to arguably the longest-running transfer saga of this summer, and after a long period of chasing the Liverpool midfielder, Real Madrid are reportedly set to match the poaching price placed on the player's head. Anfield officials met with the Galacticos executive director-general Jose Angel Sanchez before the Reds' pre-season game against Espanyol, in order to put to rest the speculation surrounding the future of the pass-master.

The Liverpool Daily Post claims that the 'White House' is willing to match the €35 million asking price, and add a further €2.5m based on the performances put out by the Spaniard during the first two years of his time at the Bernabeu.  Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow spoke about the meeting between the officials of the two powerhouses, and outlined the story so far.

"This [meeting] has only served to put our positions on the table," said Purslow.

“We need to continue talking.

“Rafa [Benitez] arranged this knowing what was coming. It was important that we know. So far, most of what is being said is a lie. We were negotiating through the press. It makes no sense."

Purslow hinted that a deal would reach fruition, but did not specify a timeframe.

"Now, I have been impressed by Madrid and Jose Angel. They [Benitez and Jose Angel] are friends and will remain so,” he concluded.

Source: Goal.com



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