Reports: Barca eye
By Lucas Brown & Francisco Acedo - Sky Sports
Reports emanating from Spain claim Rafa Benitez is
Barcelona's first choice to replace Frank Rijkaard, should the Dutchman
leave Camp Nou in the summer.
The Blaugrana boss has come under increased pressure this season as Barca
trail arch rivals Real Madrid at the summit of La Liga.
Barca president Joan Laporta is thought to be considering Rijkaard's role,
with Jose Mourinho strongly linked with a return to the club where he worked
at the formative stage of his career, under both Sir Bobby Robson and Louis
However, according to Spanish dailies El Mundo Deportivo and Marca, it is
Liverpool boss Benitez that occupies Laporta's thoughts.
Barca's board is thought to be split on who should come in should Rijkaard
depart, with directors Ferran Soriano and Marc Ingla known to favour
It is, though, Laporta's opinion that carries most weight in the boardroom
and if reports are to be believed, then it is Benitez that tops the club's
Benitez's future on Merseyside has been the subject of conjecture for quite
some time, with his disagreements with the club's American owners well
Liverpool's failure to mount a serious title tilt this season following a
heavy summer of investment has done little to quell speculation either,
although the Anfield faithful continue to back the man who delivered a
European Cup in 2005.
Benitez's hugely successful spell at Valencia ensures his stock shines
bright in his homeland, but whether Barcelona make an approach in the summer
could well depend on how their campaign concludes both domestically and in
Lancashire Evening Post
Bolton boss Gary Megson is hoping Liverpool defender Sami
Hyypia doesn't sign a new deal at Anfield.
The Bolton chief is keen on 34-year-old Liverpool centre-back Hyypia, who is
coming to the end of his contract.
The Reds have indicated they would like to give the defender a one-year
extension and the Finn is tempted to stay, the News of the World says.
Megson feels Hyypia's experience would be a great addition to his squad if
they beat the drop this season and could offer him better wages than
Liverpool as a free agent.
Bayern keen on Kuyt
By Adam Marshall - Setanta Sports
Reports in Holland claim that Bayern Munich will consider
launching a bid in the summer for Liverpool striker
The Dutch forward has only three Premier League goals to his name this term
and has struggled to find his best form, although he has often been deployed
out of position by Rafa Benitez.
From a wide role on Sunday, he managed to hit the woodwork in the lead-up to
Ryan Babel's goal and Kuyt crucially broke the deadlock against Inter in the
Champions League at Anfield recently.
Nevertheless, Dutch magazine Sportweek claims Bayern are monitoring his
situation on Merseyside closely with a view to considering an approach
during the close season.
The Bundesliga leaders could lose one of their front trio of Luca Toni,
Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose and Kuyt would be a suitable replacement.
Liverpool paid £9 million to Feneyoord for the 27-year-old and are unlikely
to even contemplate any transfer business at the moment as they focus on
chasing down Everton in fourth place in The Premier League and progressing
at the expense of Inter in the Champions League.