It’s looks like Rafa will be a busy man this summer!
Rafael Benítez will be given at least £30 million to spend on new players this summer as he embarks on his mission to restore Liverpool to pre-eminence in English football after signing a new five-year contract.
His scouts are compiling reports on several wingers, including Aaron Lennon, of Tottenham Hotspur, and Antonio Valencia, of Wigan Athletic, as well as looking for a centre forward who can fill the void left by Robbie Keane’s brief, ill-fated spell at Anfield.
Tom Hicks and George Gillett Jr, the club’s American owners, have also allowed Benítez to reinvest any money raised by selling players such as Andrea Dossena and Philipp Degen, and offloading Jermaine Pennant and Andriy Voronin, who are on loan at Portsmouth and Hertha Berlin respectively.
Another priority is to secure the long-term futures of several of his squad and, while the immediate priorities are Daniel Agger, Dirk Kuyt, Álvaro Arbeloa and Fábio Aurélio, whose deals expire in 15 months, Benítez has already pledged to give Fernando Torres a pay rise.
Benítez inquired about Lennon, 21, during negotiations in the deal that took Keane to Tottenham and his interest has increased with the youngster’s impressive form in recent weeks, but other candidates, such as Valencia and David Silva, the Valencia midfield player, are under consideration. (Times Online)
So it appears that Rafa has big plans this summer and now that he has a lot more control in the purchasing of players he clearly wants to spend spend spend. Perhaps more importantly, as this source points out, the Spaniard also wants to get his top performers to sign new contracts so as to secure their futures. Obviously giving El Nino a new deal should go a long way to stopping the likes of Real Madrid from sniffing around their goal machine. Of the players linked with a move to the club David Silva would be a fantastic signing as would Lennon. Who do Liverpool fans think the club needs to bring in when the transfer window re-opens?