Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool are waiting to discover if a deal to bring Xabi Alonso back to the Premier League is worth pursuing, according to the Daily Star.
Reports from Spain had indicated Alonso – who’s deal with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season – had already agreed a new deal to stay with the La Liga giants.
However it has emerged no such deal has been agreed, and that a definitive answer will come in two to three weeks.
That has given hope to the likes of Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool, who are all keen to bring the midfield playmaker back to England.
Real are understood to have told the 32-year-old they would like to keep him in the Spanish capital, but there have been no discussions about salary or the length of the deal.
Manchester United boss David Moyes is hoping a deal can be struck, as he desperately seeks to strengthen United’s struggling midfield.
Chelsea have also registered an interest, with Jose Mourinho a big fan of Alonso having worked with him at Real Madrid.
Finally, Liverpool will hope they can tempt the Spaniard back to Anfield, with supporters still hurt over the way he left the club in 2009.
Alonso established himself as a Reds legend during five seasons on Merseyside between 2004 and 2009, winning the Champions League and the FA Cup.
He joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2009 for £30million, after it emerged former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez wanted to replace him with Gareth Barry.