Xabi Alonso, who weeks back told Rafa Benitez of his desire to leave Liverpool, has tried to force Liverpool’s hand by handing in an official transfer request.
According to the Liverpool Echo the player, who was due back training at Melwood today, has now delivered a written transfer request to the club.
Real Madrid have been determined to not pay Liverpool’s full valuation for the player but the transfer request puts a new spin on it.
Rafa Benitez picked up the player from Real Sociedad, and whilst at Liverpool the player has blossomed – and become a regular fixture for his national side. Liverpool paid £10.5 M in what was one of Rafa’s first Liverpool signings.
Liverpool have demanded £30-£35M for the player.
Yesterday Real Madrid’s president changed his stance on the player. After initially telling Liverpool he could look elsewhere for a midfielder he now says:
“It is fundamental that we sign Xabi Alonso. He is a key player to our project.”