Chelsea offered encouragement in bid for Real Madrid's Xabi

Chelsea have received fresh encouragement in their interest for Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso.

The Daily Star says the Spanish international, who has been monitored by the Blues this summer, is out of contract at the end of next season.

Alonso and his representatives have held talks with Madrid but so far they haven't come to an agreement.

And it seems the Spanish giants are getting ready for life without the 31-year-old after new sources in Spain revealed they could be readying a bid for Real Sociedad player Asier Illarramendi.

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