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It is widely expected that the Spaniard will reignite his pursuit of Gareth Barry – a player he chased so publicly last summer and who is said to have caused tensions between Benitez and Alonso.
PSG’s Stephane Sessegnon, Portsmouth‘s Glen Johnson and Valencia winger David Silva are also on the Merseyside list of targets.
But for now at least Benitez remains true to his word that big names will not be leaving Anfield.
“The situation is clear,” he said. “We do not want to sell our best players and that includes Xabi.
“He’s had a very good season for us and can be an important player in the future – there is no agreement with Real and we want him to be part of our plans going forward.”
The Source: (Daily Telegraph)
Having come agonizingly close to breaking the 19 year wait for the domestic title Rafa is clearly going to mean business this summer as he looks to make some light touches to the squad to make it battle ready for the coming season. With that in mind this source suggests that four players are uppermost in Benitez’s transfer plans.
Of the Quartet I feel David Silva and Glen Johnson could be the key players. The Valencia man could be used to bridge the midfield to the frontline and depending on which position Liverpool opt to play him he could either be used out wide or more effectively directly behind Fernando Torres.
Johnson could be a good signing also as I feel he has more to offer than resident right back Alvaro Arbeloa both in defensive and perhaps more notably when pushing forwards. Sessegnon has had a good season at PSG but as a signing wouldn’t offer any improvement on what is already sitting on the bench at Anfield which leaves us with Gareth Barry.
I think Benitez will give up on the Aston Villa man, which would be a wise move, leaving Barry with the unenviable position of either looking for another potential employer or heading back to Martin O’Neill with his tail between his legs looking for a new contract.
Sessegnon/Silva/Barry/Johnson to Liverpool: Benitez will secure at least one of these four and my money is still on David Silva.