Xabi Alonso is edging towards a move to the Blues or PSG.
Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is being targeted by both Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain this summer, with Jose Mourinho hoping he can convince him to make the move to Stamford Bridge, according to Europa Calcio.
Alonso’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu is up in 2014 and with the Spaniard unlikely to sign a new deal, the Blues are preparing to swoop.
Madrid would be keen to cash-in on the 31-year-old this summer as they could face losing the midfielder for free next year.
Mourinho is hoping that his relationship with Alonso – having managed the former Liverpool man for three years in the Spanish capital – will edge Chelsea ahead of PSG in the race to sign the Spain international.
Alonso has spent four years with Los Blancos after signing from Anfield in 2009 for a whopping £31.2m fee.
Since then the midfielder has played 194 times for Madrid, helping the club to the La Liga title in 2012 and the Copa Del Rey in 2011.
The ex-Reds star has also been instrumental in the success of the Spanish national team in recent years, featuring regularly for the country throughout their European Championship wins in 2008 and 2012 and their maiden World Cup victory in 2010.
To date Alonso has earned an impressive 107 caps and scored 15 goals and has been praised in both England and Spain for his commendable attitude both on and off the pitch.
However, if the Spaniard were to return to the Premier League with Chelsea it’s certain to upset Reds fans, who regard the Madrid man as something of a hero for his five years of success on Merseyside – which included scoring the equalising goal in Liverpool’s famous Champions League win in 2005.