Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso spent five years at Liverpool, leaving in 2009 and Premier League rivals Arsenal were keen to take him before Real Madrid did.
Xabi Alonso has lifted the lid on how he was about to leave Liverpool for Arsenal in a deal that fell apart over a £3 million fall out.
The Gunners offered £15 million in their bid to sign the Spanish international, only to fall short of his club’s valuation. Xabi also revealed how Juventus had shown interest in him.
‘I was really close to Juventus and I also was close to Arsenal,’ he told the Liverpool Echo. But, it was just £3 million.
Arsenal had Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, Alex Song and Denilson as their central midfield options at the time but Arsene Wenger wanted to add Xabi to his options.
Xabi Alonso had been a key part of Liverpool midfield but manager Rafa Benitez was keen to replace with Gareth Barry towards the end of his time at Anfield.
“Liverpool is still a huge part of my life & always will be. I still feel very attached to the club, even not being there,” Xabi Alonso said.
‘I stay in contact with friends I have in Liverpool. It is not a normal club, it is so special & very important to me.’