Manchester United are eyeing Real Madrid veteran Xabi Alonso. The Daily Express says United are considering a shock bid for former Liverpool midfielder Xabi.

Alonso has emerged as a target for Louis Van Gaal following United's opening day loss to Swansea.

United have been heavily linked with a move for Arturo Vidal this summer while Van Gaal is also known to be keen on Roma's Kevin Strootman.

But with a move for Vidal still in doubt and Strootman not expected to be fit until later this year, Alonso could make sense as a stopgap measure.

Real were said to be unhappy that the Spanish international had returned to preseason having lost significant weight during the summer.

And it has even been suggested that Real could offload Alonso in an attempt to ease their midfield logjam.

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