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Real Madrid chase Reds midfielders by lfctalk
March 26, 2009, 09:56
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Guillem Balague has spoken on his website (www.guillembalague.com) about Real Madrid’s chasing of Liverpool’s midfield pair Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso.

He said:

“A number of readers have been asking about the reports that Steven Gerrard is a target for Real Madrid, while also wanting to know who is on Liverpool`s list of summer transfer targets.”

“It is true that Florentino Perez had planned to campaign on the promise that he could deliver Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard to Real Madrid. He certainly still believes he can get hold of the first two – as we have mentioned elsewhere on my website.”

“However, with regard to Gerrard, someone contacted the Liverpool player`s representatives on behalf of the former Madrid president, but they were categorically told that Gerrard was not interested. This was first brought to light by the well respected Spanish journalist Enrique Ortego, writing in AS.”

“Initially, Florentino Perez was undeterred, and figured that he could take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding Rafa Benitez` contract situation and exploit any turmoil at Anfield that may have arisen as a consequence. However, now that the coach has committed his future to the club and things have calmed down, Florentino Perez has admitted defeat in his pursuit of Steven Gerrard.”

“Nevertheless, the prospective Real Madrid president still has his sights set on another Liverpool player: Xabi Alonso. Perez believes that he can sign the Liverpool midfielder for a fee in the region of €20 million – a sum that may appeal to Rafa, who could use the funds to sign Gareth Barry. As I explained here yesterday, Liverpool do not currently have a fixed transfer budget of £30 million set aside for this summer – nobody at the club is talking about this figure. Tom Hicks has told Rafa Benitez that he will back him in the transfer market but, as yet, there has been no mention of exactly how much money will be available.”

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