Arsenal and Manchester United are interested in Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Xabi's current deal expires in June.

The Daily Star Sunday says the Premier League rivals are gearing up for a transfer scrap next summer over the signature of the ex-Liverpool midfielder.

Alonso, 32, is out of contract at the end of this season and has so far failed to agree a new deal at the Bernabeu.

As long as that uncertainty persists, both the Gunners and United will stay hot on the heels of the World Cup and European Championship winner.

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