Xabi Alonso Leaving Liverpool Must Be a Mega-Swap Deal for Reds to Improve

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Xabi Alonso Leaving Liverpool Must Be a Mega-Swap Deal for Reds to Improve
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Real Madrid have been chasing Liverpool's Xabi Alonso since the beginning of this summer. A move seems likely, as Real's reputation, "project," and mega-bucks will surely tempt the Reds to sell and Alonso to move to Madrid.

Reports are linking Alonso to a £35m switch to Real Madrid.

However, after seeing the Barcelona-Inter mega-swap deal that is set to be completed by Thursday, Liverpool might benefit most if they look for a similar deal.

Why?

Liverpool want Valencia's David Silva, who would cost big money. He may be tempted to stay in Spain and head to Real Madrid should they sound their interest in order to scupper Liverpool's bid.

But Silva can be replaced by Madrid's Arjen Robben, who has Premier League experience and is unsettled at Real Madrid.

Robben had wonderful years at Chelsea where he was a star at the Bridge, helping guide the Blues to consecutive league titles and Champions League semifinals.

Similarly, since Gareth Barry moved to Manchester City, the Alonso-shaped hole in the Liverpool midfield might well be filled by Wesley Sneijder, who is also unwanted at Real Madrid.

Sneijder is a proven midfielder on the club and international level. He has the creativity and vision that Liverpool need for the transition from midfield to attack.

Sneijder will fit in next to Steven Gerrard and Javier Mascherano, while Robben will play on one flank with Albert Riera or Dirk Kuyt on the other wing with Fernando Torres as a lone striker, in what can be a superb offensive force.

The Reds already have a reliable goalkeeper and a very good defensive line, and if Sneijder and Robben move to Liverpool, the Reds will be my favorites to finally land the English Premier League title.

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