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Alonso Linked to Bridge Move

Strong speculation has emerged in the press this morning relating to a possible move for the Real Madrid and ex-Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

It seems the 31 year-old has not been offered a new contract by the Madrid outfit and will become a free agent next summer.

That being the case Alonso is therefore allowed to negotiate a pre-contract agreement in January and the rumours doing the rounds suggest that Jose Mourinho is keen to renew acquaintances with the midfielder and that a three year deal will be done in January with Alonso moving to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

My own views on the possibility of a deal being done suggest that something doesn`t quite ring right, a three year deal for someone who is over 30, it`s not the sort of thing we do is it?




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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 30 2013

Time: 1:06PM

Your Comments

I doubt it. It's not our policy to offer more than a 1 year deal to a player over the age of 30. Age and injury are catching up with Alonso and he has slowed down too as a result. I don't think he will be a good buy.
syed230183_chelseafc
mixed feelings
StamfordDLion
i'd take him if its a free transfer.
Blue Krusaders
Since when has chelsea become a dumping ground for old players? I guess we are happy with the pensioneers tag.
Killerpass
ALONSO,
Dwonder
Alonso is the kind of DLP that we don't have in our midfield at the moment. the only person close enough ( that we are shanghiaed) into that role is Lampard. However that is where the comparison ends. Alonso is a born DLP and faster than lampard and a more skillfull and accomplished passer of the ball. If we can do a deal like we did for Etoo.. ( coming in free and incurring cost only on his salary), that would be awesome
Dwonder
LOLs @dwonder's choice of word (shanghaied) I like the way u used it lols, if we can't get a young CM that can solve our problem next season with all the hundreds of clubs existing in world football, then why not? But my preferrence is to get a 21-25 year old player in that role if there is any available. He will be faster and make us twice as deadly. Speed is the key to the success of our style of play
Desmondadonis
Believe me this rumour has got legs, in fact, wings as well especially if you consider the Mourinho factor...and the fact that he'll be coming for free re: Eto'o! Although I ain't necessarily enamored of the mooted duration of the deal - as I reckon a 2-year deal will be just perfect considering all the variables - anyone who clamoured for Daniele De Rossi must like this deal as a matter of principle, and any other spin to the contrary remains just a mere farce as far as I'm concerned. QED
HGH Magic
Yes please...would love a January signing like him and he should walk right into our first team.
had2bg
Its a big NO for me. There are many young and exciting dlp's waiting to be bought and more waiting to be integrated into the team from the academy. I don't even believe alonso would do anything better than lampard is currently doing. Give dortmund 25 - 35 million and we'll get Gundogan, its as simple as that. A short term fix isn't what we need to replace lamps, we need a young and very excellent player who'll grow with the team.
don delsy
sure he has attributes different to all the players we have but will it be january he comes in or summer? who will loose out Mikel or Essien? and more importantly why is Madrid not trying to renew his contract?...
kolagold25
Its a big NO for me. There are many young and exciting dlp's waiting to be bought and more waiting to be integrated into the team from the academy. I don't even believe alonso would do anything better than lampard is currently doing. Give dortmund 25 - 35 million and we'll get Gundogan, its as simple as that. A short term fix isn't what we need to replace lamps, we need a young and very excellent player who'll grow with the team.
don delsy
^Why was De Rossi OK in the summer? And what do you hope to do with MvG, Romeu, Ake, Chalobah, McEachran, Loftus-Cheek, Lewis Baker, the Musonda brothers when you buy the "many young and exciting dlp's waiting to be bought"?? Don't get me wrong don delsy; there's no gainsaying I love Gundogan and have been clamouring for him as well as you can attest, but are you sure the Turk does the kind of job Alonso does? I don't quite think so, as I KNOW his pivot partner, Bender, is the one who fits the Alonso job description more. I might be wrong though. Hence, my questions to you!
HGH Magic
@HGH just so u know, I didn't make it compulsory in my earlier statement for us to purchase gundogan, what i meant was that purchasing alonso doesn't make any sense when its obvious that its to replace lampard (who's leaving). It'll be better to purchase a young and excellent player or integrate the best dlp in our academy into the first team. Taking a 33 year old to replace a 35 year old doesn't sound sensible at all. Concerning de rossi, I think why we (95%) clamoured for him was because he was the kind of destroyer, passer and experienced player (a ramires and lamps combined) we needed at the time to partner ramires in the pivot, lampard seems to be doing an OK job. And he was going to give us at least 3 years of excellent service. To conclude this discourse, I would say imo keeping lamps for one more year is better than taking alonso for a year.
don delsy
@HGH just so u know, I didn't make it compulsory in my earlier statement for us to purchase gundogan, what i meant was that purchasing alonso doesn't make any sense when its obvious that its to replace lampard (who's leaving). It'll be better to purchase a young and excellent player or integrate the best dlp in our academy into the first team. Taking a 33 year old to replace a 35 year old doesn't sound sensible at all. Concerning de rossi, I think why we (95%) clamoured for him was because he was the kind of destroyer, passer and experienced player (a ramires and lamps combined) we needed at the time to partner ramires in the pivot, lampard seems to be doing an OK job. And he was going to give us at least 3 years of excellent service. To conclude this discourse, I would say imo keeping lamps for one more year is better than taking alonso for a year.
don delsy
don delsy. well then I guess it's different strokes for different folks regarding your conclusion, though you may want to note that whereas De Rossi was already a 30-year-old injury-ravaged player who just had what was arguably his worst season for AS Roma in 2012/2013 (hope you're aware?) when you guys were clamoring for him; Alonso is 31 now, has just come out of his first "major" career injury and will only turn 32 this November, 25th precisely. Apparently, so much difference a year makes especially when overrating a wanted player(De Rossi) and underrating an unwanted one(Alonso), irrespective of the latter's EPL experience and Champions League pedigree. Hmmm....
HGH Magic
more so, when the said better experienced and technically more sophisticated midfield 'general' is to come free of charge!!! Alas....
HGH Magic
Meh. I don't believe this for a second. It doesn't make the least bit of sense. This is half of the story feeding the hype about Ramires leaving in January. Some outlets are even willing to speculate that Ramires (a damn fine player, in his prime, no less) will be used as trade for Alonso. Seriously, who are we kidding here? If that happens, my opinion of Mourinho changes 100% instantly.
solid7
 

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