Reports have emerged in the press that Chelsea are considering making a move for Xabi Alonso in the summer.
The 31 year old whose contract expires in the summer, is yet to put pen to a new deal at Madrid; and rumours suggest he might be on his way out of the Spanish club. Alonso is one of the most outstanding players in the current Madrid team, and that is why Florentino Perez wants to do all he can to convince him to stay. As a precautionary move, the club signed Asier Illarramendi earlier in the summer; but Illarramendi is not yet ready to take the place of the Spanish international whose performances this season has been hindered by injury.
Real are also thought to be considering a move for Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Illkay Gundogan next season to actually replace Alonso who they will inevitably have to replace soon due to his age but are desperate to keep at least for now to allow others such as Illarramendi to bed in.
Should Alonso fail to sign a new contract with Real Madrid, I will definitely like him at Chelsea. The fact that it will annoy Liverpool fans makes it even sweeter. Chelsea could do with the services of the Spanish international due to his several years experience of playing for Liverpool in the English Premier League. If he is available, Chelsea are expected to join the race for his signature, and reports suggest they will open talks with him in January in order to sign him for free next season.
Jose Mourinho worked with the Spanish international while he was the manager of the Spanish giants. He is believed to be a massive fan of the 31 year old Spaniards, and sees him as important to his rebuilding process in Chelsea.
The player himself has spoken about his admiration for Mourinho’s managerial style; especially after the Portuguese left the Spanish club.
Chelsea’s desire to bring in Alonso could be linked to the fact that Lampard is getting close to retiring from the club, while John Obi Mikel has not been consistent in his performances this season.
Chelsea needs some physical presence in the heart of the midfield, and it doesn’t come any bigger than a player like Alonso – regardless of his advancing age.
It is believed that his former club Liverpool are also interested in the player’s signature; but may also have to battle Juventus, who see him as a replacement for Andre Pirlo. The Mourinho factor may be key as events start unfolding.