Real Madrid's Heinze linked with Liverpool swap for Xabi

Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze could be on his way to Liverpool as part of a swap for midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Real Madrid defender Gabriel Heinze could be on his way to Liverpool as part of a swap for midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Sport says Alonso has agreed a £22million move to Real Madrid in a deal that could see Gabriel Heinze move to Liverpool.

Florentino Perez has reportedly already reached an agreement for Spain midfielder Alonso. The paper says the Anfield star had agreed to a deal in principle weeks ago and that Liverpool accepted an offer on Friday.

But there remain a few variables to sort out. Former Manchester United defender Heinze could go the other way in part-exchange, with Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez a long-term admirer of the Argentina international.