Great news for the Merseysiders!
Rafa Benitez is on the verge of making Glen Johnson Liverpool’s first summer signing after Chelsea beat a tactical retreat in their chase for the England defender.
Portsmouth are understood to have agreed a fee with Liverpool following more talks yesterday that could eventually reach £18.5?million for one of the Premier League’s most daring full-backs.
Liverpool will offset the outlay by selling Alvaro Arbeloa to Real Madrid for around £8m.
They are also still owed £7m from Portsmouth as part of the deal that took Peter Crouch to Fratton Park last summer.
Johnson, 24, had been the subject of a similar bid from Chelsea, but sources at Stamford Bridge last night indicated that their interest in a player who only left the club two years ago had waned.
The Source: (The Express)
The word on the grapevine is that this is a done deal with only a medical standing in the way of the signing of the very impressive England right back. Alvaro Arbeloa’s move to Real Madrid will surely follow as Benitez looks to strengthen his side by signing the Portsmouth man.
It will please the money men at Anfield that a good chunk of the deal is made up of cash already owed to them for the sale of Peter Crouch to the Fratton Park outfit. Glen Johnson appears to have decided against a move back to Chelsea where he saw his career severely hampered by competition for his place from a string of new signings.
This would be a great capture for Liverpool and one who will send out a message to other Premier League contenders that Rafa does indeed intend on bringing in the requisite players needed to really challenge the usual suspects.
Johnson to Liverpool: Apparently done and dusted!