Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Football:Arbeloa on brink of Real switch

Spain international Alvaro Arbeloa is set to complete his move to Real Madrid from Liverpool after passing a medical.
The 26-year-old, who joined the Reds for £2.6m from Deportivo La Coruna in January 2007, will sign a five-year deal for a fee believed to be £3.5m.
Right-back Arbeloa had one year left on his Anfield contract so could have left for free next summer.
Defender Glen Johnson's June arrival from Portsmouth paved the way for Reds manager Rafael Benitez to sell Arbeloa.
Switzerland international Philipp Degen is fit again after rib and lung injuries so is another option for Benitez at right-back, while Jamie Carragher can also play in that position.
Arbeloa first joined Real from Real Zaragoza as a 16-year-old and worked with Benitez, who was the club's youth team coach at the time.
He struggled to break into the first-team and left for Deportivo before moving to Anfield.

"He's been subjected to a standard examination," said Real Madrid doctor Carlos Diez after Arbeloa's medical.
"The results of every test are very satisfactory. He is delighted about playing for Real Madrid. It's always been his dream. He can't wait to join his team-mates."
Arbeloa, who was part of Spain's Euro 2008-winning squad, scored two goals in 98 games for Liverpool and speculation had suggested he could join Real in a joint deal that would result in Xabi Alonso also leaving the Merseysiders.
However, a question mark over midfielder Alonso's future still remains as the club's players enjoy a three-day break before returning on Thursday.
Benitez has spoken to Alonso and urged him to stay at Anfield.
"I talked to Xabi and told him, as he can see here, that the fans love him and said to him 'Maybe you have to stay," said Benitez recently.
"You can see he is a really good player and I'll be really pleased if he stays. All the players and his team-mates want him to stay. If we keep Xabi I will be very pleased."
Liverpool striker Fernando Torres is also keen for his Spanish international team-mate to stay at Anfield.
"It would be a bad piece of work if Xabi left - he plays his cards close to his chest so I don't know what is going to happen," Torres told The Sun.
"I'd put Xabi's own wishes ahead of everything else, of course, but he's got three years left on his contract with us and I'd love it if he stays.
"It would be a serious loss for Liverpool if he left this summer."
Liverpool are also believed to be close to selling Italian left-back Andrea Dossena to Napoli.

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