Rafa wants cash and he isn’t afraid to sell off squad players in order to finance new investments. With that in mind, it appears one flop is heading for the exit as Portsmouth and Blackburn begin a bidding war.
Rovers have agreed a £15 million deal with Tottenham over the transfer of England winger Bentley.
Arsenal – Bentley’s first club – will receive 50 per cent of that fee as part of the deal that took the 23-year-old to Ewood Park in 2006.
And though that will put a major dent in the resources made available to Ince, it is thought Blackburn lead the race to sign the £5m-rated Pennant.
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is willing to relase Pennant after two disappointing seasons at Anfield following his move from Birmingham. (Telegraph)
The Rovers boss faces late competition for the £6m-rated Liverpool winger from Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp, whose chances of landing Shaun Wright-Phillips from Chelsea look slim. (Daily Mail)
As the race continues to accrue funds, Rafa Benitez looks ready and willing to let troubled wide man Pennant leave. If they get as much as 5m for the former Arsenal man, then the Spaniard will be pleased and could well reinvest the cash to bring in new talent. I am sure Liverpool fans are happy to see the club ridding itself of some dead wood, as well as some useful squad players, but who else should he opt to offload? Benayoun? Voronin? Finnan?