Liverpool Signs Former Borussia Star

First January signing confirmed, latest development on Xabi Alonso moving back to England

Liverpool has agreed on personal terms with Galatasaray winger Kevin Grosskreutz, according to Turkish publication Takvim. Grosskreutz, who has played under Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, has reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Reds.

The report states that both clubs are still negotiating over the transfer fee. The Mirror has recently stated that Klopp is keeping tabs on the German international and wants to bring him to Anfield. The 27-year-old signed for the Turkish club for a knockdown fee of € 1.5 million in the summer but failed to submit the necessary paperwork, required to register the player, to FIFA. As a result, Grosskreutz has yet to play any professional game this season and this situation has prompted the player to look for a move elsewhere.

Grosskreutz won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund, and he was also a part of the World Cup-winning German squad.

However, Liverpool has faced a setback in the pursuit of their former star Xabi Alonso.

The Reds have been linked with a move to bring back the Spaniard back to Anfield, but Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge don’t see Alonso leaving Allianz Arena anytime soon. “Recently, I had a talk with Xabi. He feels very good at Bayern Munich and in the city of Munich too,” Rummenigge told German newspaper Bild. “He signaled to me he is interested in staying in Munich. Rumours he would plan to leave are wrong.”
Alonso himself has stated that he hasn’t made any decision about his future, but he feels wanted with the German champions.  “I have not made a decision yet, neither for Bayern nor against,” the midfielder said. “Even concerning the end of my career I have not set a limit. I am pleased about the positive signals. I am happy to be at the club. I can feel the respect; this is important. Now we will see what happens.”

It’s more than likely that Alonso’s future at the club will hinge on manager Pep Guardiola’s future at the club. Former Barcelona manager signed his compatriot from Real Madrid in 2014.


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