Manchester United target Xabi Alonso is closing in on a move to Bayern Munich, after he may be given a very limited role at current side Real Madrid due to the addition of their new summer signings, Daily Mail reports.

The 32-year-old Madrid star was recently linked with a move to Old Trafford as Louis van Gaal targeted Alonso hoping he could solve the midfield crisis in his squad.

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However, it is believed that he would never join United out of his love for former club Liverpool, as he is now edging closer towards a move to join former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

The Bundesliga champions recently suffered a huge injury blow to Javi Martinez with the club also targeting Sami Khedira, but it is said that Guardiola favoured the £5million rated Spanish star over the younger German anchorman.

He is likely to be given a two-year contract with £150,000-a-week wages, with the switch likely to be confirmed in the coming days.