Juve close on Alonso deal

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The representative of Xabi Alonso is expected at Juventus on Wednesday to discuss a transfer from Liverpool.

Midfielder's representative expected in Italy on Wednesday

Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has revealed the representative of Xabi Alonso is expected in Italy on Wednesday to discuss a potential transfer from Liverpool. Alonso struggled for first-team football at Anfield last season due to a lack of form and fitness and rumour has been rife that the Spanish midfielder is set to leave Liverpool this summer. Although Alonso regained a place in the Reds' first XI towards the end of the campaign following a tactical reshuffle by manager Rafa Benitez, it is expected that the possible arrival of Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry would put his position under greater pressure. Juventus manager Claudio Ranieri, who signed former Liverpool midfielder Mohammed Sissoko in the January transfer window, has made no secret of his admiration of Alonso, 26, and Gigli is optimistic a deal can be struck. "It looks like his representative will arrive today," said Gigli when asked about the possible signing of Alonso. "We can't deny that we're interested, but there's always the problem of getting value for money. "(Managing director Jean-Claude) Blanc is working on this and on other possibilities."

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