Juve chief still hopeful on Xabi Alonso signing

May 28, 2008

Juventus president Giovanni Cobolli Gigli is cautiously optimistic of reaching an agreement with Liverpool to sign Xabi Alonso.

The Basque-born midfielder was one of Rafael Benitez's first signings when he took over at Anfield four years ago, arriving for £10.5million from Real Sociedad.

But Alonso, 26, has found his first-team opportunities limited with the arrival of Javier Mascherano and with young Brazilian midfielder Lucas also making an impact.