Guillem Balague: Manchester United approached ex-Liverpool midfielder

Xabi Alonso warming up for Real Madrid

The Sky Sports pundit says the club tried to sign Real Madrid's Xabi Alonso.

Manchester United made a shock approach for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso this summer, according to Guillem Balague.

The Sky Sports pundit, who specialises in Spanish football, says the club approached the Real Madrid midfielder a 'few weeks ago' with the response that he was 100 per cent staying at the Bernabeu.

However, Alonso has since reportedly agreed terms with Bayern Munich and looks set to join up with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola - as well as ex-Liverpool team-mate Pepe Reina.

Man United have signed Ander Herrera for £28.8 million this summer but still look short of midfield reinforcements.

United will likely be disappointed that Alonso has opted to join the German champions if the story of their enquiry is true.

The 32-year-old yesterday announced his official retirement from international football, prompting a flood of tributes from footballers past and present.

His passing style will likely suit Guardiola's tactics, while Madrid's signing of Toni Kroos the other way may fill the void left by the Spaniard at the Bernabeu.

Manchester United, meanwhile, travel to Burnley on Saturday and have at least completed the signing of one Real Madrid player - Angel Di Maria - this week.

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