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Not completely out of th question Colin /Loki.. and to be honest, while he's not a midfiel monster, or destroyer like his partner Mascherano was, he is a very effective holding midfielder.
I'm not ready to start wracking my brain with all the summer news and transfers (nor take the abuse despite getting a few inside scoops correct), but this one has decent legs. Xabi has still turned down the offer to negotiate his new contract, and if Fail Madrid, Fails to win the CL, I think he'd be open to considering the move, especially since I had read in Spanish, he would be willing to do so at some point, even if it meant taking a significant pay decrease to come home. Problem will be the excessive price tag Madrid would slap on him.. For as great as he is, getting on in age, it would be hard to justify 15-20M on him, when we are serious players in that realm for Christian Eriksen, who is a world class talent, and more than ready/experienced at only 21.
If Xabi handed in a request, which I just don't see him doing, we could have a better shot.
Any idea how long he has left on his current deal? I think that will be the main factor determining his price tag, and to be honest if Madrid are trying to get him to resign I assume he's into his last 18 months, meaning his transfer value is dropping. But I think the main barrier for us would be his salary. I read he's on about 4.5M Euro's at Madrid or about 75K a week sterling, which seems a bit low to me. So if he came on the market he could get offers from a host of clubs putting him above, and maybe well above 100K a week, and the question is would we be willing to match it? Or, would he be willing to sacrifice what is most likely his last big contract to come back to Anfield?
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His wages are around 90K.. BUT, he was quoted in saying to a friend, through a Spanish medium ( I can read it ) that he has no problem taking a wage reduction and is very keen to return to England. He played it coy about being Liverpool, and said one of those "in football anything can happen" meaning another club, but he's also said he (which we all know) is a LFC lover, raises his children to be Reds fans, and Scousers of sorts. I believe, and it can be found, he's getting close to his last 12 months.. I think it's up in 2014.. So, with Joselina going to Chelski, I cannot see Xabi wanting to follow there unlike his buddy #9, and if he feels the new manager isn't right, or the chance is there to come "home", I think it will become a very serious option.
Rodgers has said he wants quality, not quantity, this summer, and even more so, he wants some experience. Pair the fact with Madrid probably (despite being corrupt) having to trim some pretty ridiculous wages, while still spending, and the big quoted rumor, which breaks my heart, is that they will pay around 60M Euros for Cavani this summer - per his father in Italian (translated for me by neighbor), making for several expendible players/wages.
If we can get our main 3-4 top targets, and work a deal with cash left, Xabi is an absolutely real possibility.
And regards to Sow.. 2 years ago he was at Lille who won the French Ligue in a squad that had Hazard, Cole and 1-2 others who left, and he had a choice of Liverpool and Fenerbache.. That's all you really need to know. His goal tally is good, but not for the competition and his age. If there was a player from Turkey that issued a "come and get me" that we really blew it on, but could still have, it's Arda Turan now at Atletico, open to a prem move. But regards to Sow, no for me, and instead let's have a go at Benteke! He is absolutely a star in the making and only 21 years old.. Plus he likes to score against us..