£20m bid for Gerrard
Real Madrid are set to test Liverpool's resolve to
keep hold of skipper Steven Gerrard by slapping in a £20 million bid,
according to The Times.
Gerrard, 30, has been linked with a switch to the Bernabeu for a number
of months after the Reds slumped to a seventh place finish in the
Premier League. Rising debt and disquiet about the removal of ex-manager
Rafael Benitez are reported to have made the England captain unsettled
New Real head coach Jose Mourinho has been a long-term fan of Gerrard
and tried to sign him when he was in control at Chelsea. After wrapping
up the signing of Argentina World Cup 2010 winger Angel Di Maria, he is
understood to have instructed president Floretino Perez to add the
midfielder to his ranks.
Liverpool priced out of deal
for Galatasaray coach Rijkaard
Liverpool have been priced out of a move for
Galatasaray coach Frank Rijkaard.
The Mirror says Fulham boss Roy Hodgson will take charge of Liverpool
Liverpool also explored the possibility of recruiting Rijkaard from
Galatasaray but the Dutchman earns £6m a year and has a £2m buy-out
Hodgson wants transfer cash
guarantees before taking Liverpool job
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson wants guarantees over transfer
spending money before committing to the Liverpool job.
The Mirror says Hodgson will be appointed Liverpool boss this week once
he has finalised a guaranteed transfer kitty.
Liverpool are prepared to meet Fulham’s compensation demands to name
Hodgson, 62, as Rafa Benitez’s successor.
But the former Inter Milan and Switzerland manager wants a pledge of
transfer funds before accepting the post.
Hodgson knows Liverpool’s squad badly needs rebuilding after a
desperately disappointing campaign.
DIC return to
table with Liverpool
Dubai International Capital are again in takeover
talks with Liverpool.
The Sunday Express says while managing director Christian Purslow has
been concentrating on finding Rafa Benitez’s successor, chairman Martin
Broughton has been focused on attracting buyers to take over from George
Gillett and Tom Hicks.
One of Broughton’s tasks has been to knock down Hicks’ claims that the
Americans were looking for £800million.
He has been in advanced talks with parties in the Middle East, including
Dubai International Capital, and believes a deal could be done for
Rafa Benitez could sacrifice Esteban Cambiasso to sign
Javier Mascherano, while there’s also interest in Daniel Agger, Lucas
and Glen Johnson.
According to the Sunday Mirror, Benitez is bringing out the big guns to
break down Liverpool’s resistance.
The £30m price-tag is too steep for the Nerazzurri, but that figure
would be cut down significantly if Cambiasso were offered as part of the
It would be a deeply unpopular decision with the supporters, who
consider ‘Cuchu’ to be one of the key players in their Treble-winning
He was surprisingly dropped from Argentina’s World Cup squad, but proved
to be an immense bargain, as he was signed on a free transfer from Real
Madrid in 2004.
During his time at the club, Cambiasso has won five Scudetti, three
Coppa Italia titles, three Italian Super Cups and the Champions League.
The player turns 30 in August, whereas Mascherano has just celebrated
his 26th birthday.
These aren’t the only deals involving Inter and Liverpool, as it’s
reported Benitez is also preparing a £29.8m triple swoop.
According to caughtoffside.com, Inter see England full-back Johnson as
the ideal replacement for Real Madrid-bound Douglas Maicon.
Danish centre-back Agger and Brazilian midfielder Lucas are also targets
and would cost almost £30m for all three Liverpool stars.
to join Inter
By Salvatore Landolina - Goal.com
Inter president Massimo Moratti has said Javier
Mascherano is unlikely to arrive from Liverpool.
"Mascherano is strong, but it is improbable that he will come. He costs
too much and plus it's not said that Liverpool will sell him," he told
Inter have been linked with the Anfield midfielder as he is admired by
former Reds coach Rafael Benitez.
But Moratti is looking elsewhere for reinforcements.
"Felipe Melo? It's an intriguing idea which we are working on."
And the chief hopes revamping the squad will lead on to further success
on the trophy front.
"We want to start well and win everything even next season. Benitez is
different to others. He is good and he is a hard worker," he concluded.
Reds move for keeper
Liverpool are reportedly poised to return to Wolves
with an improved bid for goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.
The Reds are already said to have had a £2million offer for Hennessey
rejected by Wolves boss Mick McCarthy but remain keen on the Wales
international and would like to sign him as back-up for first-choice
Hennessey, who is 23, broke into the Wolves side during the 2007-8
season but founds himself on the substitutes bench for much of last
season with Marcus Hahnemann being preferred in goal.
Liverpool are thought to have been searching for a reliable understudy
to Reina for some time, with Reading's Adam Federici previously linked
with a move to Anfield.
set to announce
Roy Hodgson as manager
By Andy Hunter - guardian.co.uk
Liverpool expect to finalise the appointment of Roy
Hodgson as the club's new manager following his return from South Africa
The Fulham manager, who has been commenting at the World Cup for the
BBC, has been the frontrunner for the Liverpool job since Rafael Benítez
left Anfield this month and could be confirmed as the Spaniard's
successor within days.
Liverpool have considered several candidates for the position, including
the former Real Madrid and Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini, but Kenny
Dalglish, the club legend asked to conduct the managerial search
alongside the managing director, Christian Purslow, is not in the
Anfield officials are confident of securing a deal with Hodgson now that
he has returned from South Africa and with his prospects of being
offered the chance to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager
diminished by the national team's World Cup victory over Slovenia.
It is understood the make-up of Hodgson's backroom staff is one of the
issues to be resolved prior to his appointment, with the 62-year-old
keen to bring the Fulham assistant manager, Mike Kelly, with him to
While Liverpool await the arrival of their next manager, Yossi Benayoun
is close to leaving Anfield for Chelsea after the two clubs agreed a £5m
fee for the Israel international.
planning bid for
Liverpool winger Riera
Juventus are keen on Liverpool winger Albert Riera.
The Spain international almost quit Liverpool last season over a bust-up
with manager Rafa Benitez. However, with Benitez now in charge of Inter
Milan, it was expected Riera would be staying at Anfield.
Sport Italia says Juve are preparing a £6.5 million offer for Riera.
Hamburg and Stuttgart are also monitoring the Spanish winger's
meet with Liverpool FC
By Jason Darby - Anfield Online
Roy Hodgson is to return to England following his
brief stint commentating for the BBC at the World Cup.
With Capello’s men safely through to the last 16 his high hopes that the
FA may call on him to take up the England job appear to have receded and
it is believed the Liverpool FC board have now decided that Roy is
Liverpool’s number one target.
Liverpool are believed to have interviewed Martin O’Neill, Manuel
Pellegrini and Alex McLeish as part of the search but are now shifting
their focus back on to the Fulham boss.
The appointment could affect Kenny Dalglish’s future at the club. The
former manager and player is believed to have been disappointed by being
snubbed by the board.
The reds have been without a manager for 21 days and are keen to tie up
a deal before more Liverpool players complete their World Cup campaigns.
Milan Jovanovic is one player who will now be seeking to secure and
clarify his future.
Liverpool to hand new manager
£50m summer transfer kitty
Roy Hodgson is expected to have £50 million to play
with when he takes charge of Liverpool.
The Mirror says Liverpool hope to name Fulham boss Hodgson their new
manager in the next 48 hours.
Yossi Benayoun’s intended departure to Chelsea should be completed by
the end of the week, with the £5million fee added to an initial transfer
kitty of £15million.
And with Argentina international Javier Mascherano also likely to depart
for a fee in excess of £30million, with both Barcelona and Inter Milan
pursuing the midfielder, then the new boss could have upwards of
£50million to spend, especially with peripheral figures like Albert
Riera, Ryan Babel, David Ngog and Diego Cavalieri on the way out.
Reds eye up Rijkaard
Skysports.com understands Liverpool have lined up a
move for Galatasaray boss Frank Rijkaard as they search for a new
The Reds are still hunting a replacement for Rafa Benitez following the
Spaniard's departure from Anfield earlier this month.
A number of names have been linked with the Anfield hot-seat, including
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson and former Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini
and now Rijkaard has come under consideration from the Liverpool board.
Former Holland international Rijkaard is regarded as one of the best
coaches in Europe following his success at Barcelona, where he won two
Spanish titles and the UEFA Champions League during his tenure at Camp
Sources in Turkey claim Liverpool have approached Galatasaray twice in
the last week to seek permission to talk to Rijkaard, but that the
Turkish club have rejected their overtures.
Rijkaard, who took over at Galatasaray in June 2009, has just a year to
run on his current deal, meaning Liverpool may not have to fork out a
high compensation fee if they can agree a deal with Galatasaray for the
The Dutchman is believed to be keen on managing in the Premier League at
some stage in his career, but Galatasaray are reluctant to lose his
Liverpool are keen to sort out their managerial situation as soon as
possible and they could be forced look elsewhere if Galatasaray fail to
Liverpool FC will tell Barcelona
Fernando Torres is not for sale
By David Randles - Liverpool Daily Post
Liverpool will resist any offers for Fernando Torres.
Reports from Spain claim Barcelona are preparing a £40 million plus bid
for the Spain international.
The La Liga champions paid Valencia £36 million for Torres’
international strike partner David Villa last month.
Villa’s capture was thought to cool Barca’s interest in Torres but the
Catalan giants want to unite the pair at club level also.
Torres is said to be new Barcelona president Sandro Rosell’s number one
Rosell is prepared to test Liverpool’s resolve by offering Zlatan
Ibrahimovic in a player plus cash deal.
The Nou Camp club are likely to receive a frosty reception from
Liverpool, however, who have continually maintained the star striker is
not for sale.
Barcelona’s interest in Torres has come to light just days after
defender Gerard Pique urged his club to try and capture the former
Atletico Madrid man.
Speculation regarding a summer move for Torres has mounted since the
departure of manager Rafael Benitez three weeks ago.
Chelsea and Manchester City are also thought to be interested in prising
the 26-year-old away from Anfield but Barcelona are confident that
should he decide to leave Liverpool, they are the only club he will go
However, their valuation is way short of what Torres would command in
the current market - if he was for sale.
Liverpool managing director Christian Purslow is adamant the club have
no interest on cashing in on Torres and earlier this week declared that
no players will be allowed to leave Anfield until a new manager has been
Purslow wants the new boss to run the rule over the playing staff before
deciding who is surplus to requirements.
Torres willing to stay
Liverpool chiefs are confident Fernando Torres wants
to stay at Anfield.
The News of the World says Torres will meet expected new boss Roy
Hodgson when he returns from South Africa.
There is a genuine belief Torres, whose been in regular contact with
club officials, wants to give Liverpool at least one more season to
resurrect their fortunes.
Torres missed most of the last miserable campaign through injury and
there is a sense he owes the club another year.
Liverpool won't even negotiate with clubs for his transfer, despite
new offer for Mascherano
Barcelona are preparing a £30 million offer for
Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The Mirror says Barca's efforts to land Mascherano last summer were
firmly rebuffed by the Reds, who do not want to lose their midfield
However the Catalans feel they may be more successful this time and
Mascherano was said to be disappointed when he was blocked from moving
to the Nou Camp.
The Argentinian skipper is unsettled by the turmoil at Anfield and will
reportedly consider his future after the World Cup.
Spanish media: Barcelona
informed of 60m euro valuation
By Ben Moss - Sport.co.uk
According to reports in Spain, Liverpool have told
Barcelona it will cost them €60 million to prise Fernando Torres away
Spanish daily sport claim the Catalan giants are formalising lucrative
offers for the Kop talisman and his international colleague Cesc
Fabregas of Arsenal, and although the La Liga champions were hoping to
offer €45 million for the former, Sandro Rossell has earmarked the
striker as his top target since taking over the presidency from Joan
Chelsea and Manchester City have also been linked with Torres, although
Barcelona are believed to be his number one choice should he leave
The newspaper indicates that Torres would only leave the Premier League
for Barcelona, but it suggests he could not rule out leaving Liverpool
for one of their Premier League rivals Chelsea, Manchester United or
In tandem with their pursuit of the Anfield marksman, Rossell is
believed to readying a second offer for Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas,
despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence that his Emirates star is not for
Sport suggests Rossell, who doesn’t officially take over from Laporta
until July 1st, has been told by Liverpool, that Torres will cost
considerably more than his €45 million valuation. The incoming Barcelona
supremo must increase his bid to €60 million, but both Chelsea and
Manchester City are likely to enter the race for the prolific Premier
League forward in due course.
Barcelona are hoping to reunite Spain’s centre-forward pairing of David
Villa and Fernando Torres at the Nou Camp, and remain confident they can
lure both Liverpool striker Fernando Torres away from Anfield, and his
World Cup colleague, Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.
Blues back in for
Skysports.com understands Birmingham are ready to
rekindle their interest in Liverpool's Ryan Babel.
Birmingham tried to sign Babel during the January transfer window, but
failed to agree a deal with Liverpool.
Blues boss Alex McLeish is thought to be a big admirer of the Dutchman
and is ready to revive his attempts to lure him to St Andrews.
McLeish has been frustrated in his attempts to sign Wigan winger Charles
N'Zogbia and could now turn his attentions to Babel to fill the
left-sided midfield role.
Babel's future at Liverpool looks uncertain with the 23-year-old failing
to live up to expectations at Anfield.
Liverpool could be tempted to cash in on Babel to help raise funds for
potential new signings for whoever becomes the club's new manager.
Gerrard: I know
Real Madrid want me
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is open to a move to
Real Madrid, it has been revealed.
The Daily Mail says Real Madrid want Liverpool to drop their valuation
of Gerrard as they try to finalise a move for the England midfielder.
The Liverpool captain insists he will not make a decision on his club
future until after the World Cup but Real are pressing to put a deal in
Liverpool are reluctant to sell the 30-year-old but know he is not happy
with the club's progress. And if he insists on going they want close to
Speaking after England's draw with Algeria on Friday, Gerrard reportedly
told Spanish media: "It is possible that I'll be in Madrid next season.
"I'm aware of the club's offer so maybe we'll see each other in Madrid.
I can't say anymore. I'm just concentrating on the World Cup. My agent
is looking after it all."
Liverpool to hand Hodgson
initial £12m transfer kitty
Roy Hodgson will be handed an initial £12 million
transfer kitty when he takes charge of Liverpool.
The Mirror says Hodgson has spoken to his Fulham board, and conceded
that he would find the offer to manage at Liverpool too hard to turn
down, despite his affection for the Craven Cottage outfit.
Liverpool will offer a minimum of £12million in cash to spend on new
players, plus all money raised from sale of players the new boss deems
surplus to requirements.
Liverpool are determined though, not to let any players leave until the
new manager is in place, to allow him the chance to decide if he wants
to keep them.
losing Hodgson to Liverpool
Fulham accept manager Roy Hodgson is set to join
Liverpool, it has been revealed.
The Mirror says sources at Fulham confirmed last night they have lost
all hope of holding on to Hodgson.
A Liverpool board meeting on Friday has rubber-stamped a move for the
experienced manager, and formal contact is expected to follow.
Fulham are aware of that interest, and after talks with their manager
before he prepared to fly out to the World Cup, they are now resigned to
Talks over a contract, security of tenure should there be an Anfield
takeover, and size of budget will proceed over the next week, and an
official announcement could be made by next Wednesday or Thursday if
agreement is reached.
Hodgson has spoken to his Fulham board, and conceded that he would find
the offer to manage at Liverpool too hard to turn down, despite his
affection for the Craven Cottage outfit.
Liverpool are ready to double his contract and also provide massive
bonuses for a top four finish - which is the minimum requirement this
Inter make progress
in Mascherano move
By Salvatore Landolina - Goal.com
Inter are moving closer to Liverpool midfielder Javier
Mascherano after stepping out to meet the player's entourage as early
Il Corriere dello Sport claims the Nerazzurri have spoken with those who
look after Mascherano's interests and further talks are planned next
Rafael Benitez has put the Argentinian on the Nerazzurri map, but the
journey to land him may yet be a long one.
Inter have been told he will cost no less than €30 million, but that
figure seems steep after Massimo Moratti cofirmed the club would not be
spending big this summer. They hope Liverpool will lower their asking
On Tuesday Goal.com spoke with Italian agent and transfer expert Claudio
Pasqualin, who said Mascherano "was almost certain to join Inter".
bid for Torres
By Harry Harris - ESPN Soccernet
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has given the green
light to what would be the biggest domestic transfer in Premier League
history, but will have to out bid Manchester City.
An insider close to the negotiations told Soccernet: "There have been
two verbal offers for Torres, Chelsea are willing to pay £50 million,
but Manchester City offered verbally £25 million more!
"Liverpool would naturally want the bigger sum, but Torres as made it
perfectly clear that he won't be joining Manchester City, even though
City would go as high as £200,000-a-week wages.
"Even so Chelsea would pay Torres £140,000-a-week and when you're at
that level, the important thing for the player is to go to a club with
Champions League football and the chance of winning the major honours.
Liverpool, who are still to appoint a new manager after parting company
with Rafael Benitez last month, have not formally acknowledged Chelsea's
The blues are also in the hunt to sign Yossi Benayoun from the Anfield
club and Soccernet's source expects both players to be at Stamford
Bridge next season.
"If you are asking my opinion both Torres and Benayoun will go to
Chelsea, the Benayoun deal is very close to completion, but Torres won't
be sorted out now until after the World Cup Finals."
Rosell eyes Gerrard
as Fabregas Plan B
By Andrew Allen - sport.co.uk
Barcelona president-elect Sandro Rosell has reportedly
asked Pep Guardiola to draw up a list of possible midfield targets
should the club fail to land Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas with reports in the
Spanish newspaper AS claiming that Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard is a top
Outgoing president Joan Laporta has already lodged a formal bid for
Fabregas, but with the Gunners board unwilling to do business for their
talismanic captain it appears that his successor Rosell has accepted
that it is unlikely that a deal can be done this summer.
Although publically the new man in charge has hinted at a continuation
of the quest to sign the Arsenal star it is understood that the public
pursuit of Fabregas will be gradually downgraded. Given the upheaval at
Liverpool following the exit of manager Rafael Benitez, it is believed
that Steven Gerrard is a more affordable but similarly high-profile
Gerrard, who has been elevated to the England captain in the absence of
Rio Ferdinand, has hinted that he will discuss his future at Liverpool
after the World Cup.
Rafael Benitez has been tipped to sign the player for Inter Milan, while
Jose Mourinho is thought to want to take the 30-year-old to Real Madrid
having failed to sign him while at Chelsea.
Valued at £30 million, Gerrard’s pricetag sits in the same bracket as
the bid placed with Arsenal for Fabregas. However, with the Gunners
unwilling to put a price on their captain it is thought that no matter
how much money is put on the table, they will not let their prized asset
Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano, Werder Bremen’s Mesut Ozil and Valencia’s
David Silva have also been mentioned as possible midfield recruits at
the Nou Camp although with Rosell publically stating his desire to lower
the club’s £450 million debt it is understood that only one big name is
likely to follow David Villa in the close season.
By Simon Griver - Jewish Chronicle
Yossi Benayoun has agreed a four-year contract with
Reports in Israel say that Chelsea and Liverpool reached a compromise
transfer fee today clearing the way for Israel’s captain to move to
The Premier League champions had a £4 million offer for midfielder
rejected last month by Liverpool who were demanding £10 million.
Benayoun, 30, who is on holiday in Israel, will fly back to England
later this week to undergo a medical at Chelsea’s Cobham training
Benayoun joined Liverpool from West Ham in 2007 and signed a new four
year deal at Anfield last summer worth $75,000 week. It is believed that
Benayoun will earn more at Chelsea.
Benayoun scored nine goals in 42 matches for Liverpool last season but
fell out with former manager Rafa Benitez towards the end of the season.
Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti wants Benayoun to replace England
international Joe Cole who has been released.
Inter's No 1 target
Rafael Benitez's first transfer target as Coach of
Inter will be Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano, according to La
Gazzetta dello Sport.
Inter are looking to reinforce their central midfield this summer and
feel that Mascherano would form a strong partnership with his compatriot
The 26-year-old Argentine would not come cheap, but the desire of the
player to leave Merseyside could force a transfer.
Whilst inquiring about Mascherano, La Gazzetta understands Inter will
also ask after Steven Gerrard even though the England international
apparently doesn't have the best of relationships with Benitez.
Benitez's second 'transfer' target is said to be Mario Balotelli, who he
has been asked to re-launch after a difficult year under Jose Mourinho.
Birmingham are being tipped to revive their interest
in unsettled Liverpool forward Ryan Babel after
the World Cup.
Blues made an offer in the region of £7million for the Dutch ace in
January and, at one point, it appeared the winger would make the move to
St Andrew's after growing increasingly frustrated under former Liverpool
boss Rafa Benitez.
However, the 23-year-old decided to stay on Merseyside in the second
half of last season and did enjoy an improvement in fortunes, featuring
in plenty more games with Benitez opting for him ahead of Albert Riera
and Yossi Benayoun.
Birmingham will lead the way to offer him an escape route out of
Anfield, though, but may have to pay at least £7million again for a
player the Reds splashed out £11.5million on three years ago.
Babel picked up an injury just a couple of weeks ago that did threaten
his World Cup chances but he is recovering well and has been included in
Holland's 23-man party for South Africa.
If he impresses over the summer, there could be plenty of sides
interested should Liverpool opt to cash in and the player himself
decides to move on following Benitez's departure.
Liverpool left-back Insua
Fiorentina are interested in the captures of Liverpool
left-back Emiliano Insua and Napoli central defender Fabiano Santacroce,
according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Florence-based side are keen to invest big in the market following a
frustrating season in which they finished halfway down the Serie A
After signing Gaetano D'Agostino from Udinese in a co-ownership deal
last week, the Viola are now looking to solve their defensive woes,
having already identified their targets.
Insua, 21, has been at Anfield since 2007, and his playing chances have
often come knocking due to Fabio Aurelio's fitness problems.
With the Brazilian defender set to the leave Liverpool, the Reds are
understood to be looking for a new left-sided defendeer, which would
drop Insua down the pecking order at the club.
Santacroce, often labelled as the 'new Alessandro Nesta', has been with
Napoli since joining from Brescia in 2008, and has formed an interesting
defensive trio with Paolo Cannavaro and Matteo Contini at the San Paolo.
Liverpool look to
There are reports that Italy boss Marcello Lippi is
Liverpool’s target to replace Rafa Benitez.
The 2006 World Cup winner has already confirmed he will leave his post
after the tournament in South Africa, making way for Cesare Prandelli.
This week Liverpool terminated their contract with Benitez by mutual
consent, so they are on the look-out for a new Coach.
According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Lippi represents the kind of
solidity and success rate that the new Anfield owners are looking for.
His presence would also help guarantee that stars such as Steven Gerrard
and Fernando Torres will stay on at the club.
The newspaper claims that both Liverpool legends Kenny Dalglish and Ian
Rush would support this appointment.
Lippi has always said that he would like an experience in the Premier
League and that he wouldn’t accept another Serie A job after the
Reds plan Redknapp
Liverpool are planning a shock move for Tottenham
manager Harry Redknapp, Sky Sports sources understand.
The Anfield outfit are searching for a new man at the helm after Rafa
Benitez's six-year reign was brought to an end by mutual consent on
And Spurs boss Redknapp has emerged as a leading contender for the Reds
hierarchy as they aim to bring stability back to Merseyside.
Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish and managing director Christian Purslow
have been charged with the task of identifying and selecting a
Dalglish knows Redknapp well having brought his son Jamie to Anfield in
January 1991 when he was at the helm of the five-time European champions
and the two families have been close ever since.
Redknapp's reputation as a transfer market wheeler-dealer has made him
an attractive option for Liverpool, who are heavily in debt and could
have only £5million to invest in new players if they do not trim their
squad this summer.
The former Bournemouth, West Ham, Southampton and Portsmouth manager has
transformed the fortunes of the White Hart Lane club since replacing
Juande Ramos in October 2008.
Redknapp has since guided the club into the top four of the Premier
League - ironically at the expense of Liverpool - and they have the
prospect of UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next
Spurs would be loath to lose the services of Redknapp, who has been
granted an impressive transfer budget during his time in North London,
and are sure to fight hard to keep the 63-year-old.
Redknapp has only one year remaining on his current contract at White
Hart Lane and talks over a new deal are yet to take place.
within 48 hours?
There are reports Inter could appoint Rafa Benitez
within 48 hours, sparking transfer bids for Liverpool’s Javier
Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt.
Benitez is now free to engage in negotiations after accepting an early
termination by mutual consent with the new Anfield owners.
The Italian media are confident the Spaniard will pen a new deal with
Inter within the next 48 hours, as President Massimo Moratti has given
“Benitez is a Coach with real personality, just what we needed after
Jose Mourinho,” said Walter Samuel.
“He certainly knows how to work within a high-pressure locker room
With Rafa, the tactician is also likely to bring other stars from the
According to the Corriere dello Sport, he has requested midfielder
Mascherano and forward Kuyt to reinforce the squad.
Liverpool could be tempted into accepting a double £37m offer for both
“Benitez will really fit in with Italian football, as he is a very
tactical person who studies the games carefully,” Mascherano told the
Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Will I follow him to Milan? I don’t know anything about my future yet.
I can only say that I spent some wonderful years with him and his style
of football suits me perfectly.”
The cash would be raised by selling Douglas Maicon to Jose Mourinho’s
Real Madrid for around £25m.
consider move for Torres
By Luis Mira - Goal.com
Barcelona are reportedly are weighing up the merits of
a move for Liverpool hot-shot Fernando Torres.
The Spain international's future at Anfield looks to be the subject of
much speculation after seeing compatriot Rafael Benitez depart the club
yesterday following a disappointing season at the helm of the Reds.
Barcelona's interest in Torres is not exactly new as El Nino was already
on the Catalan club's agenda last summer, but a transfer never
Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in the 26-year-old
striker, who cost Liverpool a fee in the region of €30 million, but it
is believed the Blues' preference lies in the shoulders of Barcelona's
News daily Sport claims that, after spending €40 million on David Villa
of Valencia, Barcelona's move for Torres would always depend on
Ibrahimovic being sold first, with the Swedish ace having a €50m
price-tag around his neck.
Milan offer to double
Benitez Liverpool wages
Inter Milan have made a new move for Liverpool boss
The Sun says the European champs made their move at the weekend - just
when everyone thought they were chasing England manager Fabio Capello.
Inter president Massimo Moratti said: "Benitez is a manager I have
always considered very good but for the moment he is engaged."
An Italian source added: "Inter have been happy for everyone to think
they want Capello as it's taken everyone's attention away from Benitez."
But Inter fear the Spaniard will still turn down a deal that will double
his £4.5million-a-year wages as he has an almost impossible act to
An insider added: "How could Rafa possibly do any better than Jose? The
only way is down."
Hammers in race for Opare
Liverpool and West Ham are believed to be among a host
of European clubs tracking Real Madrid's Ghana starlet Daniel Opare.
Opare is regarded as one of Africa's brightest talents and was spotted
by Real early on as he moved to the Spanish capital in 2007.
The Ghana youngster was tipped to make the breakthrough from their
Castilla side last term, but injury hampered his progress.
Now fully fit, the versatile full-back, who can also play anywhere in
midfield, is now set to be allowed to move on loan next season.
This has alerted a string of clubs from across Europe, with England very
much a potential destination with both Liverpool and West Ham understood
to be keen on taking him.
Also keen to snap him up are the likes of Lyon, PSV Eindhoven, Club
Brugge, Buraspor and Steve McClaren's Wolfsburg.
The player's representative Chris Nathaniel has confirmedn that interest
in Opare was significant.
"Daniel is fully fit again now and is ready to play next season," he
told skysports.com. "Of course his injury means he will not be
considered for Real's first-team but he hopes a spell on loan somewhere
could help him come to the attention of Jose Mourinho.
"With that in mind, Daniel is now considering his options carefully as
he has a number of options and he is already looking forward to
pre-season training - wherever that may be."