Xabi Alonso will seal a Â£22million move to Real Madrid this summer, according to Spanish newspaper, Sport.
Reports in Spain also suggest that long-term transfer target of Benitez’s and former Manchester United full-back Gabriel Heinze could be on his way to from the Bernabeau to Anfield as part of the deal.
It could pave the way for a move for Barry, although reports suggest that Benitez is interested in signing Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo who plays for Almeria, but Real have a buy-back option for.
Meanwhile reports this weekend also suggest that Liverpool are on the verge of signing Brazilian midfielder Zezinho from Juventude, who play in Brazil’s Serie B.
The 17-year-old is being chased by a number of clubs, although Juventude have denied any contact from European sides.
We’ll have more on Alonso’s transfer speculation on Monday.