Having recently retired from international football, Xabi Alonso is also set to make a change in direction in terms of his club career, as the midfielder edges closer to a move from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich, reports the Guardian.
Alonso, who has also represented Liverpool, could be about to swap the European champions for the Bundesliga champions, in one of the most high-profile moves across Europe of the summer. The holding midfielder had a disappointing World Cup campaign with Spain, but he is still considered a world-class talent on the continent, and a very experienced character.
Bayern are in need of a player of Alonso’s type following the sale of Toni Kroos to Madrid and the picking up of a knee-ligament injury by Javi Martinez on the opening day of their season. Pep Guardiola is said to have identified the 32 year old Alonso as having the talent and experience required to step into the Bayern first-team with immediate effect.
The move could have further repercussions in terms of Premier League transfer targets as well. Upon the departure of Alonso out of the Bernabeu, a position has been freed up within ‘Los Blancos’ midfield core – a position which could be taken up by Sami Khedira. The German international has been an Arsenal target for much of the summer, but he might now be required more intensely within the Spanish capital, meaning that the possibility of a transfer will finally be out of the question entirely.