Two Out, One In!
Benitez is now likely to sell Andrea Dossena to help fund the deal.
Johnson, who joined Portsmouth from Chelsea in a £4m deal two years ago, emerged as Benitez’s prime target after having an outstanding season at Fratton Park last season.
Benitez is working within financial restrictions in the transfer market this summer, but it is understood Liverpool are still owed money from the deal that took Peter Crouch to Portsmouth last summer.
Spanish defender Alvaro Arbeloa could also be sacrificed to raise cash towards the Johnson deal, with Real Madrid being linked with an £8m move.
The Source: (BBC Sport)
It was always going to be the case that substantial moves in the transfer market would result in a necessary cull of players who were either being replaced or simply not up to the standard Rafa is looking for.
Alvaro Arbeloa’s move to Real Madrid will now surely take a step nearer reality seeing as Glen Johnson has clearly been earmarked to be the first choice right back at the club. The Spaniard has served the club well and whilst he won’t be a player badly missed he did however give his all in the Liverpool shirt and has been a good signing.
Andrea Dossena wants to go back to Italy and that’s handy because the club and most of it’s fans would probably like that also. The Italian had a poor season, punctuated with a few decent performances and those memorable goals against Man United and Real Madrid and is apparently the subject of a serious bid from Juventus.
Dossena/Arbeloa to leave Liverpool: Very Very Likely!