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Real Madrid seeking right price in move by lfctalk
July 8, 2009, 08:54
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Real Madrid director general Jorge Valdano has reaffirmed his club’s interest in Xabi Alonso – but insists they are not prepared to meet Rafael Benitez’s pricetag.

Valdano also admitted that they may be forced to look at alternatives amid reports they are weighing up a move for Roma’s Italy international Daniele de Rossi.

Re-elected President Florentino Perez has set ‘Galactico Part II’ into motion with the signings of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karem Benzema and Raul Albiol already – and he wants to add Alonso to that list.

Valdano admits that they are still chasing Alonso, despite Benitez stating he is not available, but they are seeking the right price.

“Xabi Alonso is a priority if he fits into our budget, and this doesn’t seem the case. We are very far from the figures that Liverpool have set out,” Valdano was quoted as telling Spanish radio station Onda Madrid.

“Liverpool have taken up a difficult stance over Xabi Alonso. I don’t like to talk about the private details of negotiations.” Cadena Ser have quoted him as saying.

“We are studying many alternatives. We want someone who can channel the play and there aren’t many like that in the world.”

With almost two months of the transfer window remaining, Valdano admits his club are in no hurry to add to their collection of signings.

“After the great players who have arrived, we aren’t in a hurry,” he said.

“(We want) two signings, maximum three. That’s the number with which the team will be able to cover all eventualities.”

“With the arrival of Benzema, we are not going to sign David Villa. We are happy to have got the Frenchman. He is 21, powerful, and is enthusiastic and eager.”

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