According to these somewhat-contradictory rumours, Rafa may or may not be about to offload one of his longest-serving stars to Stoke City!
The Guardian claims that Rafa Benitez will raise some of the required cash by selling Jermaine Pennant and Sami Hyypia for a total of £7million. (football365.com)
Liverpool have reportedly rejected a £2.5million offer from newly promoted Stoke City for Finnish defender Sami Hyypia.
Premier League newcomers Stoke have had a bid for Liverpool’s veteran centre-back Sami Hyypia turned down by the Anfield club.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Potters manager Tony Pulis – who has already signed two other defenders during the past week in Abdoulaye Faye from Newcastle and Southampton’s Andrew Davies – wanted to bring in Hyypia to shore up a suspect back-four that Bolton ripped apart last Saturday.
However, Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez still sees Hyypia, 34, as integral to his own squad, despite the Finn having reached the veteran stage of a distinguished career. (goal.com)
You can see why Stoke may want more defensive options; after all they broke their transfer record for Spurs reject Anthony Gardner! However, I am not sure that this deal will come to fruition as Sami is still a very useful player for Liverpool. He will be used more as injury cover than a first-teamer, but I feel the Finn would rather serve that role than make a move to the Potters who fought their way to superb victory over Aston Villa on the weekend. Do Liverpool fans think that Rafa would consider selling Hyypia?