It’s been one of the most tedious transfer sagas of all-time, but it looks as if the long-running transfer speculation surrounding Xabi Alonso is coming to an end.
The Spanish international midfielder is expected to sign a deal with Real Madrid later today, completing a move to the Bernabeu believed to be around Â£30million, though the fee officially remains undisclosed.
After he nearly went to Juventus last summer, but for the failure to capture his replacement – former Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry, this is how events unfolded this summer:
Good luck, Xabi. Thanks for the memories.
What next for Liverpool? Find out what the fans think and join in the post-Alonso discussions here.