Chelsea and Liverpool face Juventus competition for Alonso

Liverpool’s intention of bringing Xabi Alonso back to Anfield – and Jose Mourinho’s hopes of a Chelsea reunion with his former Real Madrid colleague – has been threatened by interest in the Spain international from Serie A champions Juventus, the Daily Express has reported.

The newspaper cites reports from Italy that claim Juve see Alonso as a replacement for Andrea Pirlo, as Alonso is a few years younger than his fellow playmaker, and given Madrid’s surfeit of midfielders, could be available for as little as £5m when the transfer window reopens in January.

Alonso’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season and Madrid have already signed his long-term replacement, Asier Illarramendi, from Real Sociedad, and also have the likes of Luka Modric and Sami Khedira to call on in midfield. Alonso is currently out of action with a foot injury.

The 31-year-old worked under Mourinho during the Portuguese’s spell as Madrid manager, which came to an end this summer, and played for Liverpool for five years before moving to the Spanish capital. Alonso joined Liverpool in 2004, signed by Rafael Benitez, and went on to make 210 appearances for the Reds, scoring 19 goals, including netting in the 2005 Champions League final from the rebound of his saved penalty.

Alonso has featured almost 200 times for Real, scoring on six occasions, and has more than 100 caps for Spain, winning the World Cup in 2010 and the European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

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