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Three clubs ‘working on’ deal to land “big time” Liverpool manager target Xabi Alonso

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Bayern Munich’s honorary president Uli Hoeness believes they are one of three clubs “working on” deals to land Xabi Alonso.

The Bavarians look set to relinquish their Bundesliga title to Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, who have put together a sensational unbeaten season so far. As a result, Alonso is a man in demand with Liverpool and Real Madrid also linked with his services.

Bayern themselves are looking for a new manager as they prepare to part ways with Thomas Tuchel. Liverpool, meanwhile, need a replacement for Jurgen Klopp. Real are a less likely option given they recently extended Carlo Ancelotti’s deal until 2026.

Nevertheless, the Bayern chief believes it is a three-way battle for the Leverkusen boss as he told German news outlet Ran Sport: “He’s [Alonso’s] proven that he can be a coach for the big time. Clubs like Liverpool, Real Madrid, Leverkusen and FC Bayern are working on it.”

Alonso played for all three clubs during a trophy-laden career and has affection for each of them. He is relatively new to the management scene with this his first full season as Leverkusen’s boss. He could still lead them to a league-Europa League double come the summer.

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Hoeness admits, despite Bayern’s illustrious history, that there is a lack of readily available managers for them to pursue. He said: “There are hardly any coaches who come into question who are currently free, who don’t have a job or who are on sabbatical. It’s not so easy to tell them that FC Bayern is the measure of all things.”

The Spaniard would cost Bayern between £12.8m-£21.3m this summer as a fixed exit clause in his contract of around £12.8m does not kick in until the summer of 2025.

Leverkusen though remain confident that can keep their manager with CEO Fernando Carro planning for life with the Spaniard. “He has a contract until 2026 and we are planning the next season with him at full speed,” the club chief told Marca. “Nothing makes us think that he will not continue with us. On the coaching level, he is the number one in the world at the moment.”

Bayern have shown themselves willing to go after their rival’s prized assets – be they in the dugout or on the pitch. Several summers ago the Bavarians went after Julian Nagelsmann when he was in charge of RB Leipzig and in 2018 they appointed Niko Kovac after he’d impressed at Frankfurt.

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