After much back and forth it appears that a more realistic valuation may resuscitate Rafa’s interest in this La Liga star.
Rafa Benitez wants to bring Albert Riera back to the Premier League with Liverpool.
And Riera is excited about the prospect of a return to England following his stint in the top flight on loan with Manchester City two years ago.
The Espanyol ace said: “I always want to improve and progress and I am waiting for my agent to come with news of an offer from a big club.”
That is coming from Liverpool – but Reds boss Benitez will have to cough up £10million for Riera after failing to tempt the La Liga outfit with a player-plus-cash deal.
An Anfield offer of £6million plus £3m-rated Argentinian winger Sebastian Leto was knocked back by the Spanish club, who are insisting on a cash-only arrangement. (News of the World)
The Anfield club are also still interested in Espanyol midfielder Albert Riera despite having a £9.5m bid rejected by the Spanish club. (Yorkshire Post)
Considering Espanyol had previously demanded a fee in the region of 19m for the 26 year old this valuation may be a tad more realistic and appears to signal a potential new bid from Benitez. After landing a nice wad of cash for Peter Crouch and with other players also reportedly set to leave the Liverpool boss has some cash to play with and the addition of a quality wide man could be exactly what the club needs. Do Anfield regulars think that there are better wingers out there to snare?