Could Chelsea or Liverpool be tempted by La Liga professionals?

Xabi Alonso

We take a look at La Liga’s top five players who are now free to negotiate with clubs with a view to moving next summer.

Premier League clubs will be on notice as several La Liga players are running down their current contracts and are free to talk with other clubs with a view to a summer move.

Our top five players include Chelsea and Liverpool targets who play for La Liga’s top three: Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)

Spanish World Cup winner Xabi Alonso has put his Real Madrid future into serious doubt by holding off on contract talks. The central midfielder, 32, would be a valuable addition to any club in the world, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has shown a particular interest in being re-united with the player.

Liverpool have also reportedly taken an interest in Alonso returning to Anfield, however the Reds might struggle to meet his wage demands.

Mark Bartra (Barcelona)

Defender Mark Bartra is another who is now free to talk to other clubs. The defender has been playing more regularly this season, with the likes of Puyol and Mascherano frequently sidelined with injury.

Bartra came through the La Masia academy, and Barca are keen for him to stay. He has improved greatly this season, forming a solid relationship with Gerard Pique and he looks to have a long-term future at the heart of Barca’s defence.

Liverpool have taken an interest, however, and the player could decide to move on. He is, however, in a strong position at Barcelona and looks set to sign a new deal in due course - if the terms are right.

Victor Valdes (Barcelona)

Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is all but certain to leave Barcelona at the end of the season. Citing his desire for a new challenge, the current Spanish number one has been linked to the Premier League, notably Manchester City. French side Monaco, however, look to be in pole position to sign the 31-year-old.

Tiago (Atletico Madrid)

Portuguese midfielder Tiago is another Atletico Madrid player that has been linked with a move away from the club. The 32-year-old’s contract is up in the summer.

The midfielder has played for a number of top clubs during his career, including Benfica, Lyon, Juventus and, of course, Chelsea. He has been in decent form this season for the Rojiblancos, scoring two goals and assisting another in 11 La Liga appearances.

Patrick Ebert (Real Valladolid)

Patrick Ebert has performed well this season, despite Real Valladolid languishing in the bottom three. In his 12 La Liga appearances, Ebert has scored three goals and made five assists.

The midfielder seems keen to wait until Real Valladolid have sorted out their La Liga status before signing a new deal, and the 26-year-old could now become a target for Premier League and Bundesliga clubs.

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