Fingers crossed for a bidding war!
Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are monitoring Liverpool winger Albert Riera after he was dropped for the Reds’ opening weekend defeat at Spurs.
The Spain left-sider was left perplexed and annoyed by Rafa Benitez’ decision to leave him out of the squad when he wanted to open the new campaign with a bang.
Liverpool’s pre-match suggestion that Riera was not fit was news to the 27-year-old former Espanyol man, who could not understand why he had been left out to accommodate Ryan Babel in the starting line-up.
Babel’s anonymous display only reinforced that view and has alerted Spain’s big two as well as Atletico Madrid, seeking to bolster their squad for the Champions League campaign.
Riera’s admission on international duty last week, that “I would like to come back to Spain at some point” was noted by all three clubs after the player went to see Benitez to try to discover his anticipated role in the Liverpool side.
The Spanish sides have been made aware that Riera, who cost £8million on deadline day last term and scored five goals in 40 appearances for the Anfield outfit, could be available before the transfer window closes at the end of the month. (Daily Mirror)
This is good news for the club, if we have two teams showing an interest in the Spanish winger then with any luck some form of bidding war will ensue and I feel that Riera is a player we can afford to cash in on.
With Real Madrid now reportedly interested in the 27 year old wide man Rafa could attempt to get one of the many Bernabeu squad players to form part of any deal. Given that time is running out to bring in new players such a deal would at least negate the need for a mad rush for a replacement. The likes of Wesley Sneijder and Rafael Van der Vaart would no doubt attract Benitez.
In today’s market Liverpool could get as much as £14-16m for Albert who is of course keen to cement his place in the Spanish set-up for the forthcoming World Cup.