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Liverpool tell Juventus £16M for Xabi

Liverpool have slapped a £16 million price-tag on midfielder Xabi Alonso.

The Daily Mail says Juventus director Jean-Claude Blanc travelled to Merseyside on Tuesday and met manager Rafa Benitez and chief executive Rick Parry to discuss Alonso's availability.

Though talks ended without a bid being lodged, Liverpool indicated a deal could be struck but made it clear they believe Alonso's value has risen since they paid Real Sociedad £10.5m for him four years ago.

Juventus are considering other candidates to bolster their midfield but are expected to return with an offer that could signal the end of the popular 26-year old's Anfield reign.

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