According to Football observers the real concern of new Real Madrid Coach Carlo Ancelotti is not the forward line ( striker position ) but the midfield & specifically the future of Xabi Alonso. Two points about Xabi Alonso that concerns Real Madrid:
- the psychical form (state) of Xabi. The player has been operated this summer & there is doubt how he may withstand the long upcoming season.
- the end of contract. Xabi Alonso will not renew his contract & will stay his last year, but there are rumours that the Club could receive an offer that may precipitate his exit.
Real Sociedad does not wish to sell. The Real Sociedad President has elections this winter & he does not want a Club members backlash. Plus Real Sociedad have earned themselves a Champions League preliminary place & Illarramendi is en integral piece of the team. Therefore Real Madrid has no choice but to resort to the "contract release clause" of 30M€.
The news seems to be that Real Madrid will pay the "release clause" & take the player as they consider the young midfielder as essential to their current & long-term plans. Real Madrid will better the players salary x 4 & Illarramendi cannot say no to this "lifetime " opportunity & offer. Everything indicates that within days or these upcoming weeks the operation will be executed & the transfer complete.