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The Reds are believed to be considering a lower fee for the Spanish midfielder...

Xabi Alonso is reportedly Real Madrid's number one transfer target to strengthen the centre of the midfield, but the Spanish club and Liverpool have so far been unable to settle on a sum for his services.

Negotiations between the two clubs for Xabi Alonso are currently in an impasse after Liverpool requested €47 million for the midfielder they signed in 2004 from Real Sociedad.

But with 'Los Blancos' uninterested in going beyond the €27m mark, they have reportedly turned their attention to other targets, such as Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas, who is also being followed by Barcelona.

According to AS, Liverpool have told Real Madrid Xabi Alonso will now be allowed to leave for €35 million, a figure the Spanish giants are reportedly refusing to pay after being 'insulted' by the midfielder's initial price-tag.

Meanwhile, news daily Marca reports that Xabi Alonso himself called Liverpool coach Rafa Benítez on Friday to ask him to be allowed to sign for Real Madrid, just one day after the Spanish tactician publicly criticized both Xabi's and Javier Mascherano's lack of commitment to the club.

Luís Mira, Goal.com

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