Liverpool have suffered a blow in their attempts to land Xabi Alonso on a free next summer, report the Daily Express.
The 34-year old legendary midfielder is drawing to a close on his deal with Bayern Munich this summer and has been linked with an emotional return to Anfield.
He made 210 appearances for the Reds over five years after arriving from Real Sociedad in 2004 and is considered to be one of their greatest ever players.
Real Madrid bought him in 2009 for around £30m after lifting the FA Cup and the Champions League on Merseyside before moving to the Bundesliga in 2014.
Los Blancos are another club touted as potential destination for the World Cup winner as his contract nears its expiration.
However, Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed suggestions the star is set to leave Germany this summer.
‘He signalled to me he is interested in staying in Munich. Rumours he would plan to leave are not true.’
Alonso is one of the most decorated players in world football after his career with Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as well as his international exploits with Spain.