Ex-Liverpool star prioritised by Newcastle agrees terms - report
By Harvey Byrne
AC Milan have reportedly agreed terms with Newcastle target Alvaro Arbeloa, according to a report.
Italian football news site Football Italia, citing Mediaset Premium, claim that the Italian giants have negotiated a one-year deal with an option of a second term for the former Real Madrid and Liverpool star.
As reported on Football Insider, Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez was keen to reunite with the 33-year-old, but a deal now almost looks certain to not happen due to the European giants’ involvement.
The experienced defender can play as a right-back or a left-back and is available after his contract with Real Madrid expired this summer.
He grew up in Real’s secondary teams and spent most of his career in the Spanish capital.
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The full-back starred under Benitez when the pair were at Liverpool together in 2007 for two years and they later reunited when the Newcastle boss became manager of Real Madrid in 2015.
Newcastle are in the market for a right-back with Holland international Daryl Janmaat likely to leave the relegated Magpies.
Benitez was handed total control over transfers when he signed an updated Newcastle contract, which has prompted a change in recruitment policy at the club and experienced players with no sell-on value are no longer off limits.
Arbeloa appeared 233 times for Real over seven seasons but found first-team opportunities restricted last season with just six La Liga appearances and a further two in the Champions League.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is expecting to sign more players imminently.