Jose takes Xab at Alonso move

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Xabi Alonso, Jose Mourinho GettyImagesXabi Alonso had a good relationship with Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

Jose Mourinho's powers of persuasion will be tested in January as he looks to lure Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso to Chelsea. The Daily Mirror reports Mourinho is keen to sign the former Liverpool player, who was a key part of his plans during his Real Madrid tenure. Alonso is continuing his return from injury and is hoping to establish himself under Carlo Ancelotti, but a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge could be enough to see him return to England. The 32-year-old has been targeted by Liverpool on a number of occasions since he moved to Spain and could cop some criticism if he opts to join Chelsea instead.

Things could get worse for Liverpool, with rumours once again rife that Real Madrid will make an official bid for Ballon d'Or nominee Luis Suarez. According to the Daily Star, Real would be prepared to offer the Reds £20 million AND Karim Benzema in exchange for the Uruguayan next summer. Los Blancos would have even more bargaining power if Liverpool fail to qualify for next season's Champions League and the assurance of a world class -- albeit out of form -- striker in Benzema could cure Liverpool's defiance. Brendan Rodgers reportedly valued Suarez at £50 million when Arsenal made plays for Suarez in the summer, but Real's package would only be worth an estimated £40 million.

Now to a star of the future and England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino could be rewarded for his recent efforts -- which included star performances for the Young Lions and a goal against Manchester United -- with a long-term deal on the cards. The Daily Mail says Berahino currently earns just £850-per-week and the Baggies are determined to fend off interest from other Premier League clubs by tying him down for the future.

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