Hamburg, looking to regroup after suffering the loss of Rafael van der Vaart to Real Madrid, enquired about one of Liverpool’s squad players, but were scared off by Rafa Benitez’s ridiculous valuation.
As Anfield co-owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett are still refusing to bail Rafa out with extra funds for Gareth Barry, the Spaniard needs to sell off some of his dead-wood squad players. Hamburg came sniffing around Dirk Kuyt, the Holland international. However, they ran off to look at other targets after Liverpool vastly overvalued the player to the tune of a stunning £16 million:
Hamburg coach Martin Jol tried to sign former Feyenoord striker Kuyt for Tottenham nearly three years ago and launched another attempt after selling Rafael van der Vaart to Real Madrid. But the Bundesliga club soon dropped their interest after being told the fee was £16m.
Liverpool paid Feyenoord £10m for the Dutchman two years as he arrive from Feyenoord, scoring 25 goals in 92 appaearance, so a £6m price hike is a bit steep for the 28-year-old.
Rafa is now stuck with the hard-working striker cum-midfielder and has a great big hole where money for Gareth Barry should be.
With Rafa also placing huge price tags on other players heads – £10m for Carson, £15m for Peter Crouch, £18m for Xabi Alonso – is he slightly deluded as to how good his squad really is? If he were to have made realistic demands, he would have sold Kuyt and Alonso and manged to raise enough for Barry. Instead he is without the England international and stuck with two players who are undervalued as players and overvalued as transfer targets.
Do Liverpool fans think that Rafa has made realistic valuations and I just don’t understand how good his players are? Or has he just gone a bit crazy in demanding so much for players he does not seem to want?