‘He will move to Bayern’ – Massive blow for Liverpool boss as Bayern Munich ‘start conversations’ with Xabi Alonso

According to liverpoolworld, Liverpool has suffered a significant setback in the fight for Xabi Alonso, with sources in Germany claiming Bayern Munich has already ‘started conversations’ with current club Bayer Leverkusen for their manager. Alonso has won over many fans in his first year as Leverkusen manager, and he appears to be on track to lead them to their first Bundesliga title. They are 10 points ahead of Bayern in the table and have yet to lose this season, as well as winning all five of their previous games.

One of the five wins came against Bayern, and immediately afterward, the serial championship holders announced their departure from current manager Thomas Tuchel. They are renowned supporters of Alonso, and Sky Sports Germany says that they have spoken with Leverkusen about hiring the Spaniard this summer.

Alonso is Bayern’s favourite candidate to succeed Tuchel, and according to the article, the former player has provided a ‘good indication’ that he is interested in making the switch. Due to an escape clause in the Leverkusen manager’s contract, luring him away would cost Bayern – or any other suitor – between £12.8-£21.3 million.

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Sky Germany’s Florian Plettenberg added to the story, claiming that a move to Bayern Munich is becoming increasingly plausible. He remarked, “They have information that if he moves, he would go to Bayern rather than Liverpool. Alonso believes Liverpool and the [Jurgen] Klopp legacy are a challenging number. “You might lose more than win.”

Liverpool will be looking for a new manager this summer, following Jurgen Klopp’s surprise declaration that he would depart at the end of the season. Klopp stated in an emotional video that he was tired of the daily responsibilities and plans to take at least a year off.

Alonso has been largely regarded as the best candidate to take over on Merseyside, considering his apparent pedigree as a top-level manager and past ties to Liverpool. However, other candidates, such as Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi or Sporting CP’s Ruben Amorim, may now need to be considered.

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