Reports: Reds agree £14.2m Alonso sale

Xabi Alonso trains for SpainThe next step in Rafa Benítez’s summer transfer plans looks to have taken place, with reports from Italy claiming that Liverpool have now agreed a fee with Juventus for the sale of Spanish midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Liverpool’s original expectation, or starting point in negotiations, was £16m, but Corriere dello Sport say that Liverpool have accepted €18 million, £14.2 million, for one of the heroes of Istanbul. The report said Juve had made it clear this was their final offer, and were unwilling to add another million Euros to their offer, which would then have matched Liverpool’s demands.

The report also adds that Juve will send people to Liverpool now to sort out the minor small print on the deal.

Until recently Liverpool had maintained they didn’t want to sell Xabi, and Xabi had maintained that he didn’t want to leave, but Alonso has said more recently that he felt pride at being linked with Juve.

Earlier reports in Italy claimed Juve had given up on Alonso, and were now considering a bid for Bastian Schweinsteiger of Bayern Munich rather than pay the demanded £15m for Alonso.

Aston Villa have rejected the latest offer from Liverpool for Gareth Barry. Some claims in recent days had Liverpool bidding anywhere from £15m to £20m for Barry, but Liverpool’s bid seems to have been a more acceptable £13m. Acceptable to Liverpool fans that is, who on the whole feel that paying the kind of money Manchester United paid for Barry’s England team-mates Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves is way too much. But not acceptable to the Villa manager, who admits Barry wants to be a Red.

Gareth Barry wants to leave Villa for Champions League Football with Liverpool“Gareth and I had a little chat when he got back from holiday and he has said he would fancy going to Liverpool,” said O’Neill. “That’s obviously a big setback to us, but the offer from Liverpool is just not acceptable. He was the last person to have the captain’s armband in the last England game – so the offer Liverpool have made is just not acceptable even though they have upped it,” he ranted.

But O’Neill seems to be finally accepting that Barry’s position at Villa might be untenable: “I think it might be difficult to keep him because he has more than intimated to me that he fancies going to Liverpool so it’s a big setback to us. It’s very frustrating. We finished sixth and he played a major part in that and it was just looking like we could improve matters, because the club is capable of doing that.”

When a player makes it public he’s looking to go elsewhere, fans will turn against them, and Barry is now starting to be criticised by the fans who once idolised him. If a player desperately wants to leave, it’s not too practical to keep hold of him: “Look at Manchester United,” said O’Neill, “struggling to keep hold of Ronaldo. That leaves the rest of us in a bit of trouble.” Trouble that might see O’Neill forced to accept a lower bid or use a player who would be subject to unproportionate criticism for every minor mistake.

And O’Neill now seems determined to do well in the league, regardless of what happens with Barry: “That’s what you’re in football for. You want to try and get there and if it’s without Gareth Barry, we’ll still have a go.”

Meanwhile a remarkable quote has emerged from former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier. Although it was Houllier who found us Sami Hyypia, brought us Didi Hamann, and won us a treble, names like El Hadji Diouf and Djibril Cissé are associated with him far more. He had some strong backing in the transfer market – Cissé was his last signing at a then-LFC record of £14m, but didn’t arrive until after Houllier had been replaced. Torres watches as Villa signs (autographs)He proved to worth nothing like the fee paid, but now Houllier is implying he was never backed in the transfer market. Rafa Benítez still has players on the books that he can’t offload from the Houllier era, but the Frenchman is saying that he never had the kind of money to buy Fernando Torres, who cost Liverpool £20m: “Torres is a wonderful player and he has had an excellent first season at Liverpool. I only wish I’d had the money to buy someone like him when I was in charge there. He was outstanding against Russia, and so was David Villa. Their partnership is very interesting. The way they work together. The diagonal runs they make are very clever, very exciting.”

Rumours won’t die down that David Villa is on his way to Liverpool, but at this stage it’s difficult to tell if these are the types of rumour that would have him living in the house Zinedine Zidane rented from Martin O’Neill in Formby, next door to Didier Baptiste’s home. That said, Benítez does seem to be planning at least one major signing this summer, and that doesn’t refer to Barry or another target, Stewart Downing.

Yesterday’s Echo contained a report that seemed to dismiss reports from the North East that Liverpool had tried to buy James Milner from Newcastle in a swap deal using some of the club’s younger players. The paper reported Liverpool had dismissed talk that Jermaine Pennant was to be used in part-exchange for the winger, saying Newcastle had no desire to sign the former Birmingham player. It did say, however, that Newcastle had asked Liverpool about some of Liverpool’s “fringe players”.

John Arne Riise is interesting Italy’s Roma, but his agent is playing down their interest. The Roma manager Luciano Spalletti said earlier in the week: “A player like Riise can give a different kind of dimension. Considering the challenges that await us in the coming season, Riise has the qualities that we are looking for.” Despite that, he was cautious about going for the Norwegian international: “However, we have to look for other players as well and not make any mistakes in forming the new squad, such as losing the balance of the side. All we need is to add a little extra quality to our ranks so that we can compete in all competitions again.”

A bid of £4m is expected for the player Gerard Houllier signed from Monaco, but his agent Jan Kvalheim was non-committal: “There are many clubs who have been interested in the last few weeks, but it’s nothing I want to comment on.”

Whoever is in Liverpool’s squad next season, they could be making their first home appearance in a friendly with Atlético Madrid, former club of Fernando Torres and current club of well-loved ex-Red Luis Garcia.

Although not yet confirmed, the fixture would take place at Anfield on August 8th, a week before the Premier League season gets under way.  Fixtures for the league season are due to be announced on Monday.

It’s also just a few days before Liverpool start their bid to get into the Champions League proper – the first leg of their qualifying tie is due on August 12th or 13th.  They’ll know who their opponents are on August 1st when the draw takes place; the second leg is on August 26th or 27th.

That draw could potentially lead to the cancellation of this friendly – Liverpool are one of the seeded teams in that draw, and Atlético one of the unseeded teams – meaning the pair could be drawn together. Kicking lumps out of each other a few days before such a massive fixture wouldn’t be too desirable, with Atlético bidding to embark on their first season in the Champions League, and Liverpool needing Champions League income to help fund next summer’s transfer activity.

Reds chief executive Rick Parry said yesterday that the two clubs have had talks about the game, which would be the first home friendly for Liverpool’s first team during the reign of Benítez. Not that Rafa missed the last friendly the Reds played at Anfield – he was coaching the Valencia side that beat Liverpool 2-0.

74 thoughts on “Reports: Reds agree £14.2m Alonso sale”

  1. I wish Alonso all the best and hope that he succeeds at Juve……I’ll miss those killer passes…………..Thanks for the 4 years Xabi !

  2. Yeah, good luck Xabi. Gutted to see him go as his best days in a Liverpool shirt were yet to come. Actually, I think people took him for granted – he is a world class midfielder in my opinion and we shouldn’t be paying anymore for Barry than we got for Alonso! It doesnt make much sense to me but I guess Rafa has his reasons.

  3. Absolutely gutted to see Alonso go, especially when the replacement is much more costly and no where near Alonso’s quality, not to mention older. Whether he moves or not, Alonso is forever red in my heart. May he be treated better than how Rafa’s been treating him for the past year, coz he deserve better. I know I may get flamed for this, but if this deal really goes through, it makes me doubt Rafa’s competence in negotiating transfers and choosing of players. Barry is replacing a great player, and if he can’t fit into Alonso’s boots, I think Rafa should take full responsiblity for this mistake!

  4. how Rafa’s been treating him for the past year, coz he deserve better
    wasn’t he injured and struggling for form??

    anyway, good luck Xabi. Your passing, vision, creativity and desire will never be forgotten.

    on another note….look at what Barry has achieved at Villa in the premeirship….I would contest that despite Alonso being an extremely good player, Barry is slighty better. He will give us goals, assists, deadball delivery, tackling…things that our Quarterback (Xabi) was lacking when the crunch came…

  5. 🙂 So, did we get him? Is it sure? I can’t wait to see Xabi and Sissoko playing together 🙂 Forza juve and respect Liv

  6. we miss u Xavi, I wish u all the best. Rafa please stop the deal with Villa about Barry go to the other option. It is too much 20 million pound.

  7. Barry will go for £18 million. he is underated,he scores more goals than Xabi, takes time and care with his passes unlike Xabi who just wants to hit it 60 yards 30 times a match. it sounds like im having a pop at Xabi, im not,he is a great player but we all moan about the Prem and that is where we need to be more consistent and Xabi and also luis garcia when here just couldnt hack the Prem.
    Barry can also take a good free kick and corner, unlike our Stevie G, who in my opinion is one of the worst corner takers ive ever seen. leave him in the middle hitting 2nd balls from the edge of the box.He is far more better being in around the box than out wide screwing up corner after corner after corner. and if we did get David Villa aswell, like some rumours have it, 4-4-2 narrow diamond is what we will be playing. mascherano holding, Barry narrow left slot, whoever we sign on the right or maybe Gerrard to play the right slot and babel at the point with Torres and Villa up top. Now that sounds like goals and pace to me

  8. Selling Xabi is a massive mistake. He is a world class central midfielder, and I’m soory but Gareth Barry is distinctly average to me. He has a few decent games for England and people rave on. International football is a totally different game, and not being funny and don’t mean to disrespect people but he might be captain and score a few for Villa, but they are an average team. We are talking about Liverpool FC here, and us wanting a premiership challenge. Strengthen the squad, get Barry if you insist, but not sell Alonso. Swapping those two is making the squad weaker

  9. Have we got a serious chance of signing Villa?

    I’d love to see him him in a red shirt next year. I think with him and barry we’d have a real go at the title next year. But Guillem Ballague reckons Chelsea, Barca and Real are the only teams in the running!

  10. David Villa, i like him i have wanted to see him in a lfc top for yeas, but we will not be able to afford him now that he is taking the Euro´s by storm, his price will rocket and there are alot more clubs around with alot more money than us, the only way we will get him is if he goes to the Valencia board and does a Tórres and asks only to go to Liverpool

  11. I’m not a fan of Hicks, but if he went out and got Villa wouldnt that be a good PR move? and ease relations

  12. And i dont agree we dont have the finance. we’re probably the second best supported team in the world. barry basically a straight swap money wise with alonso. crouch sold for 10m. so we would need to find 15m.with champions leagues runs and increased tv deal revenue there should be plenty of money for rafa to spend.

  13. we need villa and quaresma, silva would also be a better buy than barry, potentially more expensive, but i dnt feel we need average players we need world class if we intend on winning anything any time soon, them ones that can hit the 20plus goals in per season. i see us jus gettin loads of free transfers n average over rated expensive players…! think carefully rafa! we need world class!

  14. xabi sould stay but liverpool should still get barry
    they also need villa as a strike partner 2 torres or go 4 aguero hu is extremely gd and young and played wid torres at athletico b4

    gd luck xabi

  15. There are rumours making the rounds that Villa signed for Liverpool before the Euros (and thus his price won’t be subject to the inflation of how well he’s played in the past week) and he’ll be presented as a Liverpool player on July 2nd after the tournament is over.

  16. @ Tom LFC4life

    I agree with you that rather than buy average we need world class. But i dont think Quaresma is world class. I thought in the two games against us in the champions league this year he was very very average. Before the Euro’s i would have agreed we needed a first team right sided player. But hats off to Kuyt he’s been one of the stand out players in a Dutch team taking the Euro’s by storm

  17. Rumours from where Julie.I know Balague is hinting at a big signing for us,but he has also stated where not after Villa.

    Covering up for Rafa to deflect attention away maybe.Wouldn’t need to do that if the ink was already dry unless its part of a bigger cover up to not let other clubs know we have serious money to spend due to a takeover already being complete.

    Heres hoping

  18. Julie,
    Normally I wouldn’t believe things like this but you’re not into wanton rumour mongering. 😉

    Any ideas where the money might be coming from? If Barry is going to cost £13M+ and Rafa has a pot of £20M (allegedly) that doesn’t leave much left for a player worth £15M+ especially with Chelsea sniffing around.

  19. Villa gave these comments yesterday after the game.

    Liverpool and Chelsea are both big clubs with a lot of attraction,” he told the News of the World.

    “Liverpool have a Spanish coach and I also have a lot of friends there,” he said.

    “When Rafa was coach at Valencia and I was at Zaragoza there was contact about me joining Valencia but I couldn’t arrive until the year after he left there.”

    Maybe some people are right 🙂

  20. I’m sure Villa would like to leave Spain and play in the Premiership and with the Spanish players at Liverpool that clearly looks attractive to him.

    But where is the money coming from and do you really think in this day and age a signing as big as that could be kept secret?

    I’d love to believe it but logic say’s it isn’t going to happen. Love to be proved wrong though. 😉

  21. Rafa has been after David Villa ever since he became Liverpool’s manager. He would be a fantastic partner for Torres and its great that he’s interested in coming to Anfield BUT where’s the money ?? If H&G can’t afford to pay their own travelling expenses (joke) theres’s little chance signing him.

    But wait is that the US cavalry I hear coming to the rescue…..?
    No its DIC !

  22. Ray: thanks for your vote of confidence in my character as a reasonably credible mongerer in the rumour department. Perhaps as footnotes that could mean nothing at all, I did think it was interesting that Villa ran over to Torres on the bench after he scored his hat-trick, and yesterday he ran over to Reina after the injury-time goal. Coupled with the chance to work again with his old boss, I’d *like* to think these are subtle hints that add a bit more credibility to the rumour.

    As for money, Jim did a chart on the forum that calculated the expected comings-in and goings-out for transfer sales and payments. IF Rafa manages to sell the players on the out-list (Riise, Pennant, Crouch, Alonso) then the money for Dossena and Barry is covered by those (Degen comes in on a free). In theory, that leaves the original £20m that was set aside for summer transfers. While Villa would likely cost a bit more than that, I can’t see him costing – at his pre-Euro valuation – more than Torres.

    Factor in as well, that two strikers will be off the books come August: Crouch (sold) and Voronin (on loan) so Torres needs a partner.

    I hope I’m right – not only for unashamed bragging rights, but for something that makes me feel happy about this club right now.

  23. Julie,

    Those observations on Villa’s reactions could be read as you describe. OTOH, perhaps it was a “come and get me” signal. But I like to think Rafa is more astute than he is sometimes given credit for and knowing he would be offloading Crouch and Voronin another striker would be needed.

    And yes, when you add up what we could get for the outgoing players that would cover Barry’s purchase.

    What I’m not sure about is the formation next season. Rafa seemed to have favoured 4-4-1-1 which would not accommodate Torres and Villa if Gerrard was gong to sit just behind Torres.

    He may need to go back to 4-4-2 and that would upset a system that seemed to work quite well. However, if he did stick to the 4-4-1-1 and rotated Torres/Villa I’m not sure either would like that.

    All this of course is assuming the deal is done. We should know before long especially if Chelsea start sniffing around Villa. The truth would then have to come out.

    Whether we can challenge in 4 competitions with a smaller squad is debatable. Even quality players get knackered towards the end of the season.

    And yes, it’s nice to have something positive to talk about. I have total respect for Rafa for sticking with Liverpool during such troubled times off the field. Unlike Big Phil he’s certainly not here just for the money. The club is full of history and has such tremendous support. No amount of money can buy you that.

  24. I have heard that with the buys that Rafa is making it looks like he is going to be using a diamond formation next season. I am not sure the strenghs or weaknesses so if anyone would like to enlighten me I would be very greatfull.

    @Ray Proudfoot, how come you have not been using the new forum, or if you have what is your new name?

  25. Egg Man,

    I am registered there but haven’t felt the need to comment yet. Look out for Ageing Stick Insect. Anyone care to guess where that came from? Hint, classic 70’s comedy.

  26. Ray: assuming for a moment (and it’s a big assumption) that both Barry and Villa (or at least another striker) join the squad, it gives Rafa some flexibility in using a 4-1-3-1-1 (with Torres at the front) or a 4-4-2, where the midfield formation will change shape slightly to a more narrow diamond with Mascherano at the back, Barry/Babel/Milner/Downing on the left, Kuyt/Benyaoun on the right and Gerrard tucked in behind the strikers. As you point out, it will be another long season with matches in four competitions so as long as he can keep the dressing room onboard with the logic behind rotations, he’ll need the depth of squad to successfully navigate all those matches. Now that Little Sammy is back, no doubt any tensions in the dressing room will be smoothed over with considerably more diplomacy and bonhomie.

  27. If we have got £20m net to spend on transfers, then we certainly seem to be saving some money for a decent signing.

    As Julie says, I came up with some rough figures for our targets against some rough figures for likely departures.

    On the way out we’re pretty likely to be saying goodbye (emotionally in some cases) to Pennant, Riise, Crouch and Xabi.

    One the way in we’ve got Degan (free) and Dossena (£7m). Then we’re looking at Barry for roughly about the same as we sell Xabi for. Downing is being mentioned quite a bit. In all we seem likely to have money left over just on the likely ins and outs, without touching any additional budget. So that’s £20m + leftovers from sales for a “surprise” from Rafa.

    We need at least one new striker if we’re selling Crouch and loaning Voronin back to Germany (as rumoured). Villa could play in the 4-2-3-1, as well as a 4-4-2. Babel and Kuyt can provide cover if needed then for a 4-4-2, although both seem better in the other formation. Where do we fit Gerrard in?

  28. Julie / Jim,

    Having read this morning’s Daily Telegraph it seems pretty clear that Villa will not be coming to England preferring a move to either Barca or Real Madrid. Unless of course Rafa and Rick are plotting the biggest smokescreen since…. well, I can’t think of a comparison. 🙁

    Middlesboro have issued a hands-off for Downing and Bentley isn’t worth the money Blackburn want. I think the fans would expect a higher profile signing than him anyway plus the fact that we’re short of strikers.

    So what other decent strikers are there? Berbatov hasn’t been linked to us but is desperate to play CL football. Could he be a surprise signing?

    As for diamonds etc. only Rafa knows what he wants so presumably is looking for those players that fit the ticket. But logic tells me that if Crouch goes we MUST get another striker and with the money seemingly available a pretty high profile one.

    The thot plickens!

  29. @Ray Proudfoot: Just had a quick read of the Telegraph article, and in my view it seems to be more written from the point of view of trying to find some likely targets for Chelsea and their new boss.

    It’s not got a quote in it from Villa, it’s almost as if the writer has worked out Chelsea are likely to be rebuffed in their attempts to sign Torres or Kaka, so he’s looked at the next hot property!

    I suppose that’s what we’re doing in some ways though too, trying to find possible targets if Villa isn’t the one…

    Article is here if anyone wants to read it.

    In fact it seems one of those classic stories that took a wrong turn somewhere. The Mirror say something similar here:
    Chelsea target David Villa: I don’t want to go to Stamford Bridge
    By John Cross 16/06/2008

    Chelsea target David Villa insists he wants to stay in Spain.

    The Valencia forward, the four-goal star of Euro 2008, is locked in a three-way £25million battle between Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona.

    But Villa, 26, has warned cash is not his motivation: “Money means nothing. Of course everybody works to earn money, but if you are not happy then material things mean nothing. My only target in life is to get better at my job.”

    I’ve cut the article short there, but where does he actually say he wants to stay in Spain?

    Let’s twist that quote another way: Introduce it with something like “Villa doesn’t want to move to Chelsea, who would offer him the most money, instead preferring to play with professionals and coaches he has much respect for…” It fits just as well doesn’t it?

    No mention of this quote from Villa: “Liverpool have a Spanish coach and I have lots of friends there.” That is even easier to use to put him into our vacant no 7 shirt next season.

    (From The Times website, the writer doesn’t believe we’ve got the money to buy him.)

  30. On my earlier post I forgot to include Carson in the sales. Even if we only £5m it would be more than we’ll be paying for a replacement for him and Itandje.

  31. According to an Italian TV sport programe.

    Riise deal done with Roma 6 mil
    Alonso Deal done Juve 19 mil

    And they also said Rafa is leading the chase for Villa

  32. @LFC Malta: Thanks for that – I was looking at some Italian news websites earlier today and they said an Alonso deal could be announced today.

    Another site said Riise was still an option for Roma, but that they were also looking at Silvestre.

  33. Ray: depending on which newspaper you read, each seems to have a different take on what Villa wants to do (compare the Telegraph and the Times articles, for instance). Such is the common way with football journalism, I guess – relying on speculation on the hope that one time it turns out to be correct.

    What do you reckon about Downing? I can see why Gareth Southgate wants to hang on to him but it could turn out to be another Barry-gate where Downing makes it clear to his boss that he wants to leave. We need another body on the left midfield, though I’m not convinced he’d be any better than Babel and may suffer the same fate as Benayoun and spend a lot of time on the bench.

    As for Berbatov… He’s got talent, to be sure. But his moodiness and petulance are a worry and as a Spurs player he never seemed to be making an effort unless he was the star of the show (too bad he’s leaving them – he had a great partnership with Keane). I’m not convinced Rafa would be willing to suffer that kind of fickleness for too long and £25m is a lot of money to spend on a player to sit on the bench.

    Nope, I’m going to keep throwing heart and mind behind the appearance of Villa in the number 7 shirt come August. Delusional or optimistic…or maybe both.

  34. Jim,

    Agreed that Mirror link doesn’t report any actual quotes from Villa. But there’s enough there (IMO) to intimate he wants to stay in Spain. It just depends on how much interpretation is put on what he thinks as opposed to what he’s actually said.


    I’ve been a Telegraph reader for years and have come to trust what they report even though they got things wrong with H&G and DIC. They tend not to add to the rumour mill until facts are known. That’s why I treat what they (and to a lesser extent, The Times) say more seriously than the tabloids.

    Downing would be okay on the LW which would mean Babel moving infield. I’m not sure he’s ready for that yet. Still struggling to complete 90mins.

    I only threw Berbatov into the hat as he’s a quality striker. I agree his attitude (like Anelka) is dubious so it’s doubtbful Rafa would go for him.

    We don’t seem to be linked to any other top strikers so the Villa rumour will probably persist. One thing is for sure. We need another striker and the options are limited if we’re really going for the title.

    I suppose a lot of it is down to how persuasive Rafa is with the owners. Everyone wants us to do well so quality players are required. And if Rafa is offloading surplus players then he’s doing his bit. Just down to the owners stumping up the cash for whoever Rafa decides on. Fingers crossed it’s DV. 🙂

  35. Pierre: do you reckon that if the Villa deal really isn’t already wrapped up and signed that Torres could do a Gerrard (whom I suspect was very instrumental in getting Rafa to go after Barry) and strongly suggest that bringing Villa onboard would be another way of keeping him (Torres) happy and settled at the club?
    (sorry, that came out a bit more convoluted than perhaps was necessary)

  36. Ray: if the rumour I was recklessly mongering turns out to be untrue, it’s still curious that Villa’s comment about Spanish friends and manager at Liverpool almost rings like justification for why he chose the club more than a come-get-me call to arms. In other words, he seems to have made up his mind even if the paperwork is invisible.

  37. Julie,

    If this transfer comes to nothing I won’t have you down as a wanton mongerer! 😉

    Let’s hope Rafa has picked up on the signals eh? But I think any deal would have been done long before the Euros because everyone knows 1) The price of a good player goes up if they have a good tournament and 2) You don’t buy anyone based on a good tournament unless they’re already proven and you have masses of cash. Remember Diouf and Diao?

  38. @Ray Proudfoot: I wish people would stop reminding me of Diouf especially. Makes me shudder! 😉

    One reason why you might not buy a player until after the Euros (or World Cups) is because until that point your other players hadn’t had enough chances to work on your target!

  39. Arghhh. Just the mention of Diouf’s name has my index fingers reflexively overlapped in a “cross” formation and on instinct I begin to lowly mutter to the football fates the incantation, “never again, never again, never again…”

    Ray: there are times I aspire to be a wanton mongerer…this isn’t one of them. I want it to be true! (I exclaim with a stomped foot, hands on hips)

    Jim: trying to think of what item you could forward on to Torres/Alonso/Reina/Arbeloa to lure Villa to Liverpool… Maybe a coupon book full of sessions to a local tanning salon because who ever heard of there being enough Merseyside sunshine to get a tan any other way?

  40. Jim,

    Could that be a way around the tapping-up rule? 😉

    Sorry to have caused you a shudder. Pity there isn’t a World Spitting Championships because he would walk it!


    You conjour up a vivid image! 🙂 I also hope it’s true but by the time the spade goes into Stanley Park we’ll have the answer.

    Jim, can’t you use your investigative skills to find out what’s hapenning with GG? Has he made up with TH? Has TH managed to get a loan and have DIC given up?

    That should keep you quiet for a while. 😉

  41. Alonso has been a legend but has failed to produce the goods over the last season and a half and his time to move has come. He will not be forgotten. Hamman was the same. He was our most influencial player for years but as last seasons performances showed it was the right time to sell. The same goes for Alonso.

    D Villa would be a dream signing. I have e-mailed our owners with regards to this and would urge you to do the same. As far as PR goes it would be somewhat of a winning idea for the yanks.

    If we could find the cash im sure he would choose LFC over any other club. Barry is anexcellent player and will be a great addition to the squad. But we need a winger and a centre half desperatly.

    Come on tom gis some dosh la.

  42. The present LFC ownership crisis makes very plain that the Americans are not fit owners. The Manager would have been better off with Moores as owner in the present transfer market he at least, did support the Manager. To have to sell a player of Alonso’s calibre to pay for another player demonstrates just how poor LFC is under the present pair. Owners cannot be forced to sell but,(mores the pity) just when will these 2 idiots come to realise that they do not have the knowledge or money to run a club like LFC, stay with hockey and baseball and allow LFC to be owned by somebody who knows about soccer and has the resources to take over the ownership.

    In Australia I get very little news of the ownership crisis, I am able to watch lots of soccer on Sky Sports but would like a website to keep up to date with the politics of what is going on.

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