Earlier this week, it was reported by Spanish broadcasters laSexta that Xabi Alonso is on his way to Bayern Munich. The reported fee will be between £5-10 million if Alonso is willing to take a pay cut on a two-year deal.
Though nothing of this transfer is set in stone, media reports seem to be quite confident. Alonso announced his retirement from international football this week and has clearly dropped in the pecking order at Real Madrid since the arrival of Toni Kroos. With Sami Khedira apparently staying at Madrid this season, it only seems logical for Alonso to seek first team football somewhere else. Bayern is that place.
With Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez having injury woes, Alonso would bring a world-class dimension to the holding midfielder role at Bayern. A veteran of the position at 32 years old, Alonso brings a lot to the table, regardless of age.
An excellent passer, great for set pieces and, most importantly for this role, a tackler who can sit in front of the center backs and help ward off some of the attacks Bayern will see in the Champions League‘s obvious group of death.
Drawn into a group with English champions, Manchester City, Russian champions, CSKA and Italian giants, AS Roma, Bayern have no easy task ahead of them. Each team has both a strong midfield and prominent forwards. Whom should Bayern trust in these trying battles? Gianluca Gaudino, the seventeen year old product of their academy who has made one appearance for the club? No.
For £10 million or less, Pep Guardiola could get one of the players he watched compete against his Barcelona side years ago, with more age of course, but with age comes experience. When Bayern will be seeing Sergio Aguero, Seydou Doumbia and Mattia Destro twice over the next few months, they’ll want and need a stalwart like Xabi Alonso ahead of their defense.
If this deal goes through at the suggested price, Bayern Munich will have executed one of the biggest steals in this transfer window. Alonso brings immediate quality to whatever squad he plays in, whether it be in Spain or Germany.