Rafa needs to find funds for Brazilian talent.
There has been increased speculation for the highly rated Brazilian Hernanes, with a move to Premier League giants Liverpool.
It had been claimed by the Brazilian press that, Rafa Benitez is chasing the midfield playmaker, who is being dubbed as the ‘new kaka’. ‘
The Reds boss will step up his chase for the talented South American, by selling some of players in the January transfer window.
The 24-year-old’s full name is Anderson Hernanes de Cavalho Andrade Lime, who is currently playing for Brazilian league leaders Sao Paulo.
Hernanes has been linked to a host of European clubs, such as AC Milan and Juventus but the Italian clubs have struggled to raise the fee Sao Paulo are demanding. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
As reported on this site a few days ago it appears that speculation is increasing about a potential move from Liverpool for Hernanes, who has been repeatedly, and perhaps unwisely, dubbed the “New Kaka”. Also it appears that the valuation placed on the Sao Paulo man keeps increasing, which is worrying as we don’t have a great deal of money in the first place.
So this source suggests that Rafa will urgently look to offload some deadwood, not a bad thing, in order to finance any such deal for the £18m rated midfielder who was voted by The Times as the best up and coming talent back in January and has reportedly only gotten better since!
So lets look at this carefully. In order to make the kind of money needed to buy the 24 year old talented central midfielder we would have to get rid of the likes of Andrea Dossena (already on his way to the exit), Andriy Voronin (if anyone actually wants him) and perhaps one or two others. Our squad isn’t the biggest as it is so I am not sure of the wisdom in such a deal unless of course Messrs Hicks and Gillett just give the money to our gaffer without him needing to scramble around the back of the sofa for the cash!
I think another creative midfielder would be a wise addition but it is always a danger to bring in a player from South America directly to a big club and such moves work far better if the player has had a season bedding in say in France or Holland. Personally I would have thought a move for a more established player like Rafael Van der Vaart, available for a similar fee, would make more sense.