Liverpool never planned on selling Xabi Alonso, but in the end the Reds couldn't fight off Real Madrid.
One of the lengthier transfer sagas of the summer concluded on Tuesday with Liverpool agreeing to sell the Spanish international to Real Madrid for £30 million ($50.76 million).
For those who have lost track of everyone Real Madrid has brought in, here is the team's list of summer acquisitions:
The total cost for that haul? Try around £220 million ($372 million).
North American soccer fans will be getting a close look at that exensive collection of talent this weekend when Real Madrid takes on Toronto FC on Friday at BMO Field and D.C. United at Fex Ex Field on Sunday.
What do you think of Alonso joining Real Madrid? Do you think Madrid has done enough to unseat Barcelona as Spain's top club? Think the team is still lacking a strong central defender? Looking forward to seeing Real Madrid play MLS teams this weekend?
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