Former Liverpool midfielder may be one of the best players available on the mid-season transfer market but Gunners have their own Xabi in the making…
Liverpool's former deep-lying playmaker, Xabi Alonso, currently out of favour at Real Madrid due to the Carlo Ancelotti's preference for Asier Illarramendi and Sami Khedira, is in high demand, apparently already in talks with Manchester United, while Chelsea, too, are also keen on bringing the Spaniard to Stamford Bridge during the winter transfer window.
While David Moyes' United have embarked on strong form the side are still perceived to be missing a key player, a visionary footballer who can pick passes… whether those are short-range in order to retain possession, or more adventurous long-range balls that can split defences.
With a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £16m, combined with his previous experiences of Premier League football, Alonso may well prove to be one of the best players available in that position, however, United are not the only team allegedly interested.
While the Daily Star speculate over the deal today, both The Express and The Metro have linked Alonso with a Jose Mourinho reunion, sparking the possibility of an auctioning process.
While the now 31-year-old was plying his trade at Liverpool, he was oft associated with a move to Arsenal who themselves were in need for a player of his ilk, however, Arsene Wenger seemed loathe to match Liverpool's value for him and thus missed out on his services.
Out of all the clubs mentioned, though, Arsenal are perhaps in need of Alonso the least as, in Wenger's own words, they have an academy product whose best position is the one Xabi effectively perfected during his time at Anfield.
During a Q&A session on Twitter, Wenger was asked what Jack Wilshere's best position is considering the Englishman has played all over the central areas.
He answered: 'His best position is as a deep-lying midfielder, where he can be a distributor. He has a good burst and vision.'
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