March - 2009

3003: Samuel Eto'o linked with Liverpool move
2903: Liverpool in talks over Premiership
           record £60m sponsorship deal

2903: Report: Agger set to reject
          new Liverpool deal

2603: David Silva is
          Liverpool FC transfer target

1803: Liverpool linked with
          £22million double Boro bid

0503: AC Milan end £10million
          Liverpool interest

0303: Reds eye up Valencia ace



Samuel Eto'o linked
with Liverpool move

By Rory Smith - Daily Telegraph

Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is weighing up a move for Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o in a bid to ensure his side do not rely so heavily on Fernando Torres next season, according to reports in Spain.

The sale of Robbie Keane to his former club Tottenham in January has left Benitez with just youngster David N’Gog as cover for Torres, a situation the Spaniard knows he must remedy if Liverpool are to keep pace with Manchester United and Chelsea.

Eto’o has insisted he would like to stay a Camp Nou until his contract runs out in the summer of 2010 and while Benitez would be prepared to wait to land one of Europe’s best strikers on a free transfer, it is thought he may try to exploit the uncertainty surrounding his future to land his man sooner.

After coming close to leaving Barcelona last summer, after manager Pep Guardiola revealed the Cameroon international did not feature in his plans, Eto’o has won his place back in emphatic fashion. He tops the Spanish goalscoring charts and has played a key role as Barcelona have threatened to run away with the La Liga title.

But Guardiola could still be convinced to cash in on a player unlikely to sign a new deal if a suitable offer arrived as he looks to supplement Europe’s best attacking line with the likes of Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery and Brazilian striker Keirrison.

Despite landing two La Liga titles since joining the Catalan side from Real Madrid, as well as playing a key role in winning the 2006 Champions League, Eto’o’s time at Barcelona has been chequered. He is widely considered a source of dressing room discontent and Guardiola had wanted to sell him, along with Deco and Ronaldinho, last summer, but could not find a buyer.

Benitez has been promised a transfer kitty of at least £30 million by Liverpool’s owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett, plus whatever he can raise by selling off any of his squad he no longer requires.

A striker, as well as cover on the right wing and at right back, are likely to be his priorities, while a second move for Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry is likely.

Liverpool in talks over Premiership
record £60m sponsorship deal

Liverpool are in talks with Carlsberg over a record £60 million shirt sponsorship deal.

The News of the World says the Merseysiders hope to conclude negotiations as early as this summer on an agreement which would eclipse those of Manchester United and Chelsea.

Liverpool's current three-year contract with the Danish brewers is worth around £10m a year - including Champions League bonuses - and ends after the 2009-10 season.

But co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett want to shatter previous records with a new four-year deal.

They are out to top the four-year £56m arrangement United signed with AIG in 2006 and Chelsea's five-year £50m contract with Samsung, which runs to 2010.

Report: Agger set to reject
new Liverpool deal

By Gill Clark -

Liverpool defender Daniel Agger is reportedly set to reject the club’s offer of a new contract this week, according to the News of the World.

The Dane is currently away on international duty with Denmark, who beat Malta 3-0 yesterday, but when he returns to Anfield he is expected to decline a new deal.

Agger’s contract expires next summer, which has led to a number of clubs, including AC Milan, expressing an interest in the Dane.

However, Liverpool are believed to be keen to keep the 24-year-old and are hoping he will follow manager Rafael Benitez in putting pen-to-paper on a long-term deal.

But Agger appears to have become frustrated on Merseyside, after a series of injuries have seen him fall down the pecking order at Anfield.

The defender has struggled for first team appearances this season, making only ten Premier League starts, and has found the form of Martin Skrtel, Jamie Carragher and Sami Hypia another barrier to overcome.

A back injury has been his latest set-back, yet he has now returned to fitness and may play some part in Liverpool’s title run-in.

David Silva is
Liverpool FC transfer target

By Tony Barrett - Liverpool Echo

Rafa Benitez is weighing up a summer swoop for Spanish star David Silva.

The Reds boss has identified the Valencia man as one of his top transfer targets – but will only do business if the price is right.

Valencia have hit massive financial difficulties in recent months and are set to sell crown jewels Silva, David Villa and Raul Albiol in an effort to bring their debt of 450m euros under control.

It is Silva who has caught Benitez’s eye though, with the Liverpool manager on the lookout for a versatile attacking player who can figure in a number of positions behind Fernando Torres as he looks to add strength in depth to his squad.

The 23-year-old certainly fits that bill and Liverpool have already made tentative enquiries about his availability.

They will only follow up their initial interest if Valencia are realistic about their valuation of a player who has won 21 caps for Spain.

Reports in Spain suggest the La Liga outfit are holding out for a fee in the region of £25m for Silva and with Barcelona and Juventus also both believed to be interested in snapping him up the battle for his services could be hard fought.

Liverpool are unlikely to be willing to pay that kind of asking price but Benitez will move fast it a compromise deal can be struck.

Reds chief scout Eduardo Macia – who took Silva to Valencia when the attacking midfielder was a teenager – was recently dispatched to Spain to check on Silva’s availability and was not discouraged by what he learned.

Silva was one of the stars of Spain’s victory at Euro 2008, operating in a left sided attacking role which allowed him to support Torres and Villa at every opportunity.

An ankle injury has stopped him from making as many appearances as would have been expected for Valencia this season.

But the midfielder returned to action in January and is currently training with the Spanish national squad ahead of this weekend’s World Cup qualifier against Turkey in Madrid.

Liverpool linked with
£22million double Boro bid

Fans FC

Liverpool Football Club are plotting a stunning raid on the Riverside Stadium.

It has long been reported that Rafael Benitez is a fan of England international winger Stewart Downing, and it is believed a summer offer of £12million is in the pipeline.

As if this isn’t worrying enough for Middlesbrough, reports at the weekend claim the Reds will also table an offer of £10million for defender David Wheater.

Whilst Gareth Southgate will do all he can to keep his star duo on Teesside, his hand is likely to be forced if Boro lose their Premier League status this season.

The struggling Riverside Stadium club are currently second-bottom in the top-flight, two points adrift of safety with just nine games remaining.

AC Milan end £10million
Liverpool interest

Fans FC

AC Milan have reportedly ended their interest in Daniel Agger.

The Danish international is out of contract at the end of next season, although Liverpool are eager to tie him to a new deal at Anfield.

AC Milan and Real Madrid have been heavily linked with a move for the former Brondby defender, with reports of £10million bids being mooted.

But according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Milan have ended their interest in Agger, sparking speculation of an audacious bid for Manchester United’s Nemanja Vidic.

Reds eye up Valencia ace

By Franciso Acedo - Sky Sports

Liverpool are keeping close tabs on Spain international Raul Albiol, understands.

The Valencia defender is rated amongst the best in La Liga, but money problems at The Mestalla could see them lose a number of their top stars.

And Albiol may be one of the first to depart with a host of clubs checking on his progress.

Real Madrid are long-term admirers of the 24-year-old, who can play in central defence or as a holding midfielder, but Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has now dispatched his scouting network to follow Albiol.

Albiol is currently contracted to Valencia for another two years and has a huge buy-out clause of nearly £50million - although reports in Spain now suggest they could be willing to do a deal at £13million.

Valencia's sporting director Fernando Gomez has admitted the club would have to consider any reasonable offers, and also confirmed they were aware of scouts from Liverpool tracking Albiol.

"Today it is necessary to study each offer that we receive and after that we would decide," he told

"The money situation is complicated at the club, but formally nobody has spoken with us about Abiol.

"But we are aware that the Reds have been scouting around here in recent months."

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