planning £8million swoop
Newspaper reports today claim that Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez is
lining-up an £8million 2005 bid for Valencia ace Vicente.
The 23-year-old winger was close to Rafael Benitez while he was at
Valencia and could be keen to link up with him again but you'd expect him
to cost much more than £8million.
Dutch linked with
By Alex Livie - Sky Sports
Feyenoord coach Ruud Gullit is believed to be monitoring the situation
of Djimi Traore at Liverpool.
The Kuip club's coach made a commanding central defender his top summer
priority, but he missed out on principal target Martin Laursen.
Having not reinforced his defence during the summer, Gullit is believed to
be looking at options for when the transfer window re-opens in January.
Sections of the Dutch media are suggesting that Liverpool defender Traore
has come under the microscope.
Traore seemed set to join Everton in the summer but a move was blocked due
to an injury crisis at Anfield.
When Rafa Benitez has all his options available, Traore is down the
pecking order and a move could happen in January but it remains to be seen
if he fancies a switch to De Eredivisie.
planning multi-million pound transfer swoop
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is planning on raiding his former club in
January now that the legal problems with Valencia have been resolved.
With the Spanish club now having to pay him monies owed to him from unpaid
wages and bonuses - as revealed on this site earlier this week - the
manager is free to make a move for players who he wanted to bring to
Anfield in the summer.
Benitez will now be able to select from Santiago Canizares, Roberto Ayala,
Ruben Baraja, Pablo Aimar and Miguel Angel 'Mista' Ferrer, all of whom
were linked to us over the summer. Whispers around Anfield suggest that
Mista will be targeted in January when the transfer window briefly
If nothing materialises in January, we may have to wait until the end of
the season to see some quality reinforcements brought in. But from what
we're now hearing, a big shake-up can be expected in 2005.
Kewell on his way out?
By Kevin Smith - LFC Online
The Sunday Express report that Harry Kewell could soon be on his way
out of Anfield.
According to the paper 'insiders at Anfield believe that new boss Rafael
Benitez has yet to be convinced by Kewell's attitude'.
The arrival of Luis Garcia and Benitez's determination to give Stephen
Warnock a break will no doubt put pressure on the Aussie winger to either
improve or consider moving on.
Real linked with
BBC Sport Online
Real Madrid have made Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard their number
one 2005 transfer target, according to reports in Spain.
"Gerrard is the target for Real," stated Spanish sports daily AS.
Real spent most of the summer trying to lure Arsenal's Patrick Vieira to
the Bernabeu but the French midfielder opted to stay at Highbury.
The paper also said that talks to sign striker Francesco Totti had already
started with his Italian club Roma.
After Euro 2004, Gerrard admitted he was ready to leave Liverpool before
new manager Rafael Benitez persuaded him to stay.
Gerrard had seemed set to join Chelsea but decided to stay at Anfield.
"Everyone linked me with Chelsea and assumed that was where I was going
but, to be honest, there were three or four good clubs knocking on my
agent's door," said Gerrard.