Real ready to test Benitez's resolve with 30m bid for Anfield star Alonso
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez still faces a fight to keep hold of Xabi Alonso as Real Madrid weigh up a £30m offer for the midfielder. Benitez has insisted he does not want to sell the Spain international but may have to reconsider with Real seemingly unwilling to take no for an answer. The Kop boss has admitted he has the finance available for one more transfer until he can free up some more money by selling on players. Alonso would not be on the manager's list of potential departures -because his partnership with Javier Mascherano is integral to the way the team plays. But Alonso is one of Liverpool's most saleable assets and Benitez must consider what difference the cash from any deal with Madrid would make to his squad - who ran Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United so close last season.
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