Rafa get’s his man!
Portsmouth’s England defender Glen Johnson has agreed to join Liverpool in a £17.5m move.
Chelsea and Manchester City were also interested but it is thought Anfield was his preferred destination.
Johnson had limited first-team chances at Chelsea in his spell there, but established himself in the England team after his move to Portsmouth in 2007.
It is understood Pompey still owe Liverpool £7m from the deal that saw them buy Peter Crouch last summer.
A Liverpool statement said: “We have reached an agreement with Portsmouth and Glen Johnson for the transfer of the player to Anfield.” (BBC Sport)
I think all Liverpool fans can breath a collective sigh of relief as this one is finally resolved. There was clearly some concern that Chelsea had come in with a late attempt to re-sign England right back Glen Johnson but he clearly decided that once bitten is twice shy after his previous spell at the club only resulted in halting his progress.
Some will argue that the price is steep but given that a huge chunk of the fee is covered by the money owed for the Peter Crouch sale makes such a deal less of a risk. This would appear to pave the way for Alvaro Arbeloa to leave the club and possibly move to Real Madrid as his status as first choice in his position is clearly in question.