Liverpool closing in on Brazilian ace
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez and his chief executive Rick Parry are
trying to negotiate a deal that would see Brazilian defender Daniel Alves
make the switch to Anfield.
The player's club Sevilla are keen to sign Liverpool defender Josemi so Rafa
is trying his luck with regards their highly rated 22-year-old and we
understand that a bid of £7million plus Josemi has already been rejected.
It's not the first time that Alves has been linked with us but our interest
this time appears much more determined. Sevilla though are in a strong
position as they're not desperate to sign Josemi, should Liverpool refuse to
deal on the basis that unless they get the Brazillian, Josemi won't be
allowed to go in the other direction.
Only in August of this year did Alves sign a 2-year extension to his
existing contract which now runs until 2011. At around the same time he was
also awarded dual citizenship freeing up an additional place in the Sevilla
squad for a non-European Union signing.
Italian giants eye Riise
Reports in Italy claim that Inter Milan are tracking Liverpool's
John Arne Riise.
The versatile Norwegian international has been an almost permanent fixture
on the left since his arrival from Monaco in 2001.
His current deal at Anfield is set to expire in the summer of 2007 and the
Italian press suggest that, should contract negotiations fail to start in
the next few months, then Inter could be ready to make a move over the
course of the summer.
another Spain raid
By Ian Doyle - Daily Post
Liverpool are planning another swoop on Spain in the forthcoming transfer
Rafael Benitez has set his sights on a double raid on Deportivo La Coruna
for defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Cesar.
The Anfield manager is intent on bolstering his defensive options but
suffered a setback earlier this week when Spartak Moscow's Nemanja Vidic
opted to join Manchester United.
Liverpool have previously been linked with centre-back Coloccini, who has
fallen out of favour at Deportivo since joining permanently from AC Milan in
The Argentina international is keen to depart, and has previously expressed
a desire to join Liverpool, who are willing to offer £2.9million (4m euros).
Spanish defender Cesar, meanwhile, is out of contract at the end of the
season and would be available for a nominal fee.
The 28-year-old has attracted attention from Tottenham Hot-spur and
Villarreal in recent weeks.
Inter consider Cissé
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Inter have been linked with a move for Liverpool striker Djibril Cissé,
according to reports in Italy.
Coach Roberto Mancini confirmed yesterday that the San Siro side were
looking for attacking reinforcements in order to cater for the departure of
Obafemi Martins, who leaves for African Nations Cup duty next month.
It is thought that Inter President Massimo Moratti has identified the
Frenchman, who has fallen out on numerous occasions with Rafa Benitez after
failing to hold down a regular first-team place, as the ideal candidate.
Although Cissé would not be eligible to play in the Champions League having
represented the Reds in Europe this season, Moratti is said to be prepared
to part with between £6m and £7m to secure his arrival in January.
The 24-year-old recently denied that he wanted to leave Anfield and insisted
that he was very happy in England. However, a move to Inter would represent
a hugely tempting opportunity for Cissé to secure a World Cup place in
Raymond Domenech’s France squad.
The Nerazzurri have already confirmed that striker Victor Obinna will be
joining them permanently from Chievo next month.
Vidic won't name
Spartak Moscow defender Nemanja Vidic has revealed that there is a third
club - believed to be Liverpool - who are trying to sign him.
The player has already admitted that Manchester United and Fiorentina are
making attempts to sign him but he wouldn't reveal who the mystery club is
even when pushed for info. If you believe the widespread media reports,
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is working hard to try and bring the player to
"There is also a third option but I would not like to name neither the club
nor the country," said the 24-year-old Serb.
pondering Galletti loan swoop
By Ian Doyle - Daily Post
Liverpool will only consider a loan move for Luciano Galletti - despite
reports suggesting they are close to a deal for the Atletico Madrid winger.
The European Champions have renewed their interest in the Argentina
international having initially tracked the player earlier this year while he
was still at Real Zaragoza.
Reports in Spain yesterday stated preliminary discussions had already taken
place, but suggestions Liverpool are preparing to lodge a bid for the
25-year-old right-winger are wide of the mark.
Instead, Rafael Benitez would seek a temporary deal for Galletti, who moved
to Spain from homeland club Estudiantes for £3.4million in 2001.
Despite having only moved to Atletico in the summer, the Spanish side would
be happy to cash in on one of their more saleable assets to fund squad
Liverpool are anticipating a busy January of departures and arrivals as
Benitez looks to build on his side's improving Premiership form.
By Adam Marshall - Sky Sports
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is plotting another raid on La Liga,
according to sources in Spain.
Atletico Madrid's Luciano Galletti has caught the European champions'
attention and preliminary discussions have already taken place ahead of a
possible January move.
The Anfield club reportedly tabled an offer for the right winger in
September and, even though he only joined Atletico in the summer, the
capital club may look to cash in to finance their own spending plans in the
Galletti is rumoured to be waiting to see if Liverpool repeat their earlier
bid for his services as Benitez ponders which right-sided midfielder to add
to his ranks with Benfica's Simao Sabrosa also a target.
The Argentinian has had spells with Estudiantes, Parma, Napoli and Real
Zaragoza and is a terrific dribbler with an eye for goal.
The Merseysiders have also showed an interest in Juventus defender Jonathan
Italian reports claim the Frenchman is another player who has attracted
admiring glances from Benitez and his scouting team.
Liverpool - Shock £12m Spurs defender link
Liverpool have been linked with a shock move for Tottenham Hotspur
defender Ledley King.
A new centre-back is high on the agenda for Rafa Benitez in January, and the
England international has emerged as a potential target.
However, King has already started talks on a long term contract extension
and it appears unlikely that the Reds would have the transfer funds to move
for the player.
Meanwhile Liverpool could be close to landing Spartak Moscow defender
The 24-year-old Serbia and Montenegro international is wanted by a clutch of
Premiership clubs including the Reds.
Liverpool are now favourites to land the player ahead of Manchester United
in the January transfer window.
Liverpool in for Zebina
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Liverpool have taken on Milan in the race to sign Juventus’ Jonathan
Zebina, by formally making an approach, according to reports in Italy.
The Reds have the second most frugal defence in the Premiership and recently
set a club record of 11 consecutive matches without conceding a goal but,
not content to rest on their laurels, the European champions have now
swooped to acquire the right-back in January.
Zebina, who can play at both full-back and centre-back, is out of favour
with the Bianconeri after a succession of injuries and a recent pay rise
request that was considered to be excessive by Juve’s directors.
Milan were expecting to make a move for the player in January, perhaps in
part exchange with Christian Abbiati – whose loan deal Juventus want to make
permanent. However, Liverpool’s move will have surprised the Rossoneri.
The San Siro side have been linked with a number of players as they look to
rebuild their creaking defence, including Hertha Berlin centre-back Josip
Simunic, but Zebina’s versatility is said to be highly-valued by Carlo
Ancelotti, who now faces a race to sign the experienced 27-year-old.
Real Madrid midfielder linked with Liverpool
Real Madrid midfielder Thomas Gravesen has been linked with a possible
move to Anfield.
It is claimed that the 29-year-old former Liverpool target has already held
talks with the Reds but those suggestions are a little premature if our own
sources are on form.
A source at Anfield told us last night: "Rafa has looked at Gravesen as a
possible replacement for Didi (Hamann) but there has been no contact at this
Manchester United have also been linked with a £2.5million bid for the
former Everton player who Gerard Houllier tried to sign shorlty before he
left Goodison for the Bernabeu.
linked with exit
Liverpool youngster Darren Potter is still attracting interest from
Scottish outfit Hearts.
A £750,000 bid looked likely to be accepted by the Reds but his recent
injury blow could see a proposed move held up. Liverpool are in no rush to
get rid but permission has been granted to discuss a deal and Hearts still
Potter's currently out for two months after fracturing a vertebrae in his
back playing for the reserves last week.
Meanwhile another Liverpool youngster, David Raven, could also be on his
way. Raven's unhappy at the lack of opportunities at the club and wants out
in the new year but with Josemi tipped to leave, this could prove a problem
Djibril Cisse has emerged as a transfer window target for Spurs boss
Cisse has been linked with a Liverpool exit after failing to convince
manager Rafael Benitez that he can be a first-choice striker for the
Marseille are keen to take the former Auxerre man back to France but Jol is
an admirer of the player and wants to add him to his squad, alongside
Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Mido.
Transfer deadline signing Gregorz Rasiak is set to leave in the New Year
while Mido is also going to be absent at the African Nations Cup.
Jol wants four top strikers at his disposal and will try and tempt Liverpool
to part with Cisse once the transfer window re-opens.
Big guns battle for
Manchester United and Liverpool are ready to battle it out for the
signature of Spartak Moscow defender Nemanja Vidic, according to the Russian
club's chief executive Sergei Shavlo.
Shavlo is demanding at least 13 million euros (£8.79m) for the Serbia and
Montenegro international and believes United are prepared to stump up the
cash, with European champions Liverpool also interested.
"Vidic is a player in our team and we wouldn't like to let him go," Shavlo
told 'Football, Hockey' magazine.
"We'll try to do our best to continue his staying with the club. But if any
club can offer us the proper price which we can use for signing another
player of the same level we can accept that.
"This amount is equal to 13-15 million euros. I think that we'll get similar
"According to our information, Manchester United are ready to make an offer
and probably Liverpool. It's good that the player has progressed so much
during the last season."
Reds join Kompany hunt
By Gerrit van Leeuwen - Sky Sports
Liverpool could rival Chelsea for the signature of Anderlecht youngster
Blues boss Jose Mourinho is a keen admirer of the 19-year-old and the
Premiership champions have been monitoring his progress for some time.
The likes of Arsenal, Barcelona, Real Madrid and, more recently,
Internazionale have all been interested in the highly-rated young defender.
Chelsea have been the most serious candidates of late, with Belgian side
Anderlecht admitting that a deal could be sorted out soon.
Kompany has said that he would favour a move to England or Spain, and now
European champions Liverpool have him in their sights.
Rafa Benitez knows he has to strengthen his squad in January, and wants some
top-class cover at centre half for Sami Hyypia and Jamie Carragher.
Reports in Belgium say that Anfield scouts will watch Anderlecht's UEFA
Champions League clash with Real Betis on Tuesday to check out Kompany in
Liverpool and Chelsea are in the same Champions League group as the
Belgians, but Kompany missed out on the two games against The Reds through
Rafa eyes up Argentine
By Graeme Bailey - Sky Sports
Liverpool are reported to be lining up a move for Argentine starlet
The highly-rated defender came to prominence earlier this year when he
helped his country to the World Youth championship.
Now the 19-year-old is said to be the subject of a £3 million offer from the
European champions, who are looking to bolster their defensive options.
Paletta currently plies his trade with Banfield in his homeland, but he now
looks as if he could be the latest major export from Argentina.
Rafa Benitez wants Paletta in January and should a move materialise, then
the young stopper would be available for the UEFA Champions League second
Reds management are currently understood to be exploring Paletta's claims of
a European passport - as he would not qualify for a work-permit, and should
his ancestry be confirmed, then a dream move to Anfield looks a distinct