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Real Madrid offer Robben in exchange for Xabi Alonso


More transfer news are coming from Spain and Real Madrid are reported to be offering Arjen Robben to Liverpool in a straight swap for Xabi Alonso.

It is believed that Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez is reluctant to sell his Spanish midfield star Alonso and has already turned down an £18million bid.

But it is said that Real will also try to tempt Benitez by offering an alternative deal of £18m cash plus Gabriel Heinze if Liverpool turns down Dutch winger Robben.

It is believed that Real Madrid need to raise cash after signing Kaka and Cristiano Ronaldo for a combined total of £142m and former Chelsea star Robben is their most marketable asset.

Real Madrid sources says that Liverpool has put a £27m price tag on Alonso. and by offering Robben, president Florentino Perez can avoid splashing out another massive fee.

But it is believed that Benitez could be wary of the Dutchman’s woeful injury record since his £27m move to the Bernabeu two years ago and the prospect of bringing in full-back Heinze could be far more tempting one for the Anfield boss.

It is a wide known fact that Benitez targeted the Argentinean defender two years ago when he left Manchester United.

Back then, Alex Ferguson blocked the deal and Heinze ended up at Real but Benitez is still looking for a reliable left-back, and Heinze fits that bill.

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