There’s an axiom in European football that “Real Madrid always gets the man”. This phenomenon cannot be said of Arsenal as we have seen players approached and bidded for end up lacing their boots for rival clubs.
One player who was on the radar of Arsenal is Spanish legend and Bayern Munich anchor midfielder Xavi Alonso. But for £3m more, Alonso revealed that Liverpool rejected Arsenal’s bid that would have made him a Gunner, according to reports.
Alonso is adept at providing long range passes for his team mates and is described as a complete midfielder. His impressive cameos for the Reds attracted several clubs to him including Arsenal but he ended up putting pen to paper for Los Blancos in a £30m deal in the summer of 2009.
Alonso, 35, has had a career spanning the last two decades but the Bavarian star will be hanging his boots at the end this season. He spoke to Liverpool Echo, and revealed that Arsenal did not meet his valuation as tagged by Rafael Benitez.
‘I was really close to Juventus and close to Arsenal, but Liverpool were asking for £18m, and they were both offering £15m!
‘So that’s why it didn’t happen.’
Xavi Alonso is not the only world class midfielder/player that slipped through the radar of Arsenal. Luis Saurez, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria, Lionel Messi, Edin Hazard, and most recently Ngolo Kante – the aforementioned players with other unmentioned stars were all scouted by Arsenal and in some cases bids were made but they ended with clubs that are more pragmatic in the market.
Arsenal’s transfer market dealings is one of the most difficult conundrums for pundits and fans.