Xabi Alonso was rumored to be a high profile target of many top European clubs including Chelsea and Manchester United. Jose Mourinho has already worked with the Spanish midfielder and it was believed that the Portuguese was interested in working once more with Alonso.

Manchester United on the other hand have been going through an underperforming campaign and one of the areas that needs most improvements is in the midfield which is why Alonso would have been a great option for Moyes to try and sign.