Rafa to battle it out with Manchester United for impressive young talent.
Sir Alex Ferguson and Rafa Benítez like them so much that they are ready to strip to the waist and go mano-a-mano over Napoli’s Marek Hamsik in January. Manchester United seem to have stolen a march on their rivals – a scout from Old Trafford, complete with woggle and his Talent Spotter badge, was spotted at the San Paolo Stadium on Saturday according to Naples local rag Il Mattino. (Guardian)
22 year old Marek Hamsik has been linked with a move to us before but it appears that the Slovakian is attracting renewed interest from both ourselves and Man United. Obviously the issue of money, and the lack thereof, is going to be an issue but who knows perhaps the Liverpool owners will feel like giving Rafa some spending cash in January if we are handily placed in the Premier League and Champions League by that time.
Whenever I have seen the attacking midfielder in action for Napoli, and I’ve seen him in a few Serie A matches on the box, he has looked intelligent and direct and could be a very good signing. He is valued in the £10-12m bracket and we have apparently had him scouted quite a bit in the past 18 months. He could give us some extra creativity in the midfield and give us more strength in depth and he is a player that whilst a little pricey wouldn’t break the bank, so maybe Messrs Hicks and Gillett wouldn’t mind funding such a move over splashing big cash on a ‘marquee’ player like David Silva. Fingers crossed!