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Alonso replacement lined up by lfctalk
July 2, 2009, 10:36
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Liverpool have lined up Udinese playmaker Gaetano D’Agostino as a replacement for Xabi Alonso, according to The Daily Mail.

Spanish reports are claiming that Real Madrid are moving very close to completing a double deal for Alonso and fellow Spaniard Alvaro Arbeloa.

Udinese are prepared to sell either D’Agostino or reported Manchester United target Alexis Sanchez if bidding tops the £17million mark.

27 year old Alonso is said to have his heart set on a move back to Spain with Real Madrid – and Rafael Benitez also faces an uphill battle to keep hold of Javier Mascherano, with Barcelona readying a bid.

Benitez is happy to cash in on Arbeloa, who only has a year left on his contract with Glen Johnson already signed to replace the right-back.

Juventus also want D’Agostino, who made his Italy debut against Northern Ireland last month, but have not been able to meet the asking price.

The 27-year-old is keen to move to Juve, but Udinese president Giampaolo Pozzo has is becoming increasingly frustrated by negotiations.

“The deal must be resolved one way or another. If it isn’t completed by July 6 then it is destined to collapse.” he told Sky Italia.

“In my opinion, Juve have underestimated the value of the player. They don’t think he is the champion he actually is, and we’ll prove them wrong next season. He is worth all the money we are demanding.”

Sportsmail claim Udinese are seeking a similar figure for 20-year-old Chile forward Sanchez, whose agent has been in informal talks with Manchester United over a move to the Premiership champions.

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