Arbeloa closes on Real move
Liverpool full-back Alvaro Arbeloa claims he is close to finalising his move to Real Madrid.
Last Updated: 28/07/09 11:01am
Liverpool full-back Alvaro Arbeloa claims he is close to finalising his anticipated move to Real Madrid.
Arbeloa has been linked with a move to Real throughout the summer with his chances at Liverpool likely to be more limited this season following the signing of Glen Johnson.
Real, who are also chasing Arbeloa's team-mate Xabi Alonso, are keen to increase the number of Spaniards in their squad following the big-money arrivals of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.
A £4.5million fee for Arbeloa has been mooted and the Spain international believes talks over a move to Real are making positive progress.
"At the moment I am focused on Liverpool, but it is true that the deal is close to being completed," he told Spanish sports daily Marca.
"We'll see what happens in the next few days, if we can all make an effort so the the negotiations come to a good end, and we all come out having benefited, which is what everyone wants.
"I insist that everything is going forwards and everyone is in agreement - I am the one who has the most desire to sign for Madrid.
"I don't know what the likelihood is in percentages, it's a question more for the clubs. But, as I understand, it seems everything is going well and there is little left to resolve.
"It could all be sealed this week."
Arbeloa has made almost 100 appearances for Liverpool since joining the Premier League club from Deportivo La Coruna in January 2007.
He signed for Deportivo from Real, having failed to make an impact in his first spell at the Bernabeu after playing in the youth team for current Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez.