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Rafael Benitez is hoping to fund a 10million raid for Real Sociedad playmaker Xabi Alonso after sanctioning the shock sale of Danny Murphy.
Liverpool on Sunday agreed a 2.5million fee with Tottenham for the 27-year-old England international after telling Benitez he had to raise funds before he could spend again.
And the new manager has moved swiftly to land his top target Alonso, devastating Murphy with the news he was no longer wanted on Friday and meeting officials from the Spanish club at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Benitez watched the central midfielder produce a stylish first-half display in Sociedad's 2-2 draw with Everton and hopes to make the Spanish international his showpiece summer signing before the end of the week.
Originally posted by websurfer
ManU are going to have their hands full challenging Liverpool for third place. Obviously first and second place belong to Arsenal and Chelsea.
Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says he is sick of speculation surrounding his Anfield future.
The Germany international was strongly linked with a move away from Merseyside during the summer, with interest emanating from his home country.