Anfield duo targeted by former boss.
Inter Milan hope a bid of £33million will be enough to prise Javier Mascherano and Dirk Kuyt from Liverpool.
The Italians have finalised an agreement for Rafa Benitez to be their next manager and will present him at the San Siro as soon as the Spaniard cuts short his holiday.
And the 50-year-old, who knows all about the financial constraints at Anfield, is ready to raid his former club for trusted allies.
While there is an interest in Fernando Torres, Inter acknowlege that competing with Chelsea would make it difficult to sign the Spain striker.
Mascherano and Kuyt, however, are more achievable signings and are thought to be open to teaming up with their former boss.
Kuyt was quick to praise the man who took him from Feyenoord to Anfield earlier this week, saying: ‘I don’t know for sure who is going to be in charge at Inter, but Benitez is a fantastic coach and would be a great choice for them.
‘Working with him is perfect and I am grateful for all he did for me. I was delighted when he asked me to join him at Liverpool, and while we were together, he gave me a lot of good suggestions about how I could improve my game.
‘He was good for my career. I have read a lot about what might happen now, if he goes to Inter, but I am just concentrating on the World Cup.
‘That is important, because I want to have a good tournament. I have a contract with Liverpool, and I have to respect that, because they are a big club and have been good to me.’ (Daily Mail)
This was always likely to happen. Whether its fictitious or whether Rafa really wants to nab some of his former Anfield talent we could be in for a bumpy ride when it comes to keeping players from leaving. We are in a tricky situation right now. The longer we are without a manager the longer this period of uncertainty affects the club.
Javier Mascherano is a player I can see pushing for a move. We had some problems with contracts and pay rises with regards to the Argentine captain so I don’t know what will happen with the former West Ham man. As for Dirk Kuyt I am a little surprised by his statements. The quotes attributed to him are a little too leading for my liking. He appears to be talking up the chance of a move to San Siro and that’s not good. Clearly these quotes could be taken out of context but its hard to read anything from these comments other than a player seeking a potential exit to the Champions League winners.
I kind of expect more from the Dutchman. I know we have had a terrible season but hopefully we can turn the corner. Whomever is named the new boss has a tough job ahead of him. We can either go further downwards or we can try to claw our way back to the level we were the season before last, i.e. when we finished second (how quickly some forget that fact).
Hopefully we won’t lose any of our talented squad members this summer and equally hopefully I hope we get rid of those who are simply not good enough and perhaps even find the cash to bring in new players. I hope.