Rafa appears to be close to completing a very good signing!
The Atletico Madrid midfielder Maxi Rodriguez now appears to be very close to finalizing a transfer to Liverpool and has been left out of the Spanish club`s squad ahead of Wednesday`s Cup tie against Recreativo. As we reported earlier, the situation has been moving quickly today and the final details on a two and a half year deal at Anfield are close to being agreed.
The 29 year old Argentine midfielder has spoken with both Javier Mascherano and Fernando Torres and is incredibly excited about the move while also being aware that he will1 be competing with Dirk Kuyt for a starting berth on Liverpool`s right flank. However, with a place in Diego Maradona`s World Cup at stake, Maxi is confident that he will be seeing plenty of action for Liverpool.
If a permanent deal is agreed, Rodriguez will cost Rafa Benitez around £1.5 million and players will be leaving Anfield this January (Guillem Balague)
If Rafa can bring Maxi to Anfield for a fee as low as £1.5m then that would truly represent one hell of a bargain. We appear to be getting closer to bringing the Argentine to Liverpool and he could well be the missing part of the midfield jigsaw and a player as vastly experienced as the Atletico Madrid man will hopefully settle quickly into Premier League life. Guillem Balague is normally pretty much spot on with his inside information, especially when in relation to La Liga sides, so it does seem this deal is pretty much complete.
Greek side Olympiakos are reportedly preparing a bid for Liverpool midfielder Yossi Benayoun.
The 29-year-old Israeli captain has found himself on the fringes of the first team at Liverpool, struggling to secure a place in the starting XI under Rafael Benitez.
Benayoun joined the Reds from West Ham in 2007, signing a four-year-deal at Anfield for a £5 million fee. He has since made 82 league appearances, scoring 17 times in the process.
This season, the former Maccabi Haifa star has scored five times in 20 appearances for the Merseyside outfit, including a Premier League hat-trick against Burnley.
A two-year contract extension was penned in April 2009, but now reports in Greek publication ‘Goal’ suggest that Olympiakos have already offered €6M. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
I don’t see Yossi Benayoun leaving Liverpool and even though Rafa still doesn’t appear to see the Israeli as a first choice starter and only calls upon his services when injury or poor form dictates the 29 year old midfielder clearly loves playing for the club.
Whether he is playing out wide or in an advanced central role Yossi always looks like he can make things happen and a player like that is worth his weight in gold and I am not surprised that clubs are looking to pounce but if the Liverpool man turned down the likes of Spartak Moscow and apparently showed no interest in moving to Manchester City I see no reason why he would be tempted by a move to Greece.