San Siro boss ready to make January move for Goodison Park contract rebel.
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Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez is trying to return to Merseyside – to make a cut price raid for Steven Pienaar.
Pienaar, 28, is out of contract at the end of the season and Everton are resigned to losing him on a Bosman-style free transfer.
South African midfielder Pienaar has snubbed a new contract and that leaves Everton facing a dilemma over whether to sell in January.
It has opened the door for ex-Liverpool boss Benitez to try and land Pienaar which would ensure he remains unpopular on the blue half of Merseyside. (Daily Mirror)
Clearly Rafa Benitez will know all about what Everton playmaker Steven Pienaar can offer the Serie A giants and the fact that the South African international will be available for around £5m will have a number of sides ready to strike to sign the Everton contract rebel. David Moyes has stated that he may decide to keep the former Ajax man until the season’s end and allow him to leave so that he can at least get the most out of the player before he leaves, but he may decide that finances dictate a sale more worthwhile.
Inter Milan have not started the season very well at all and sit in an unaccustomed fifth position and Benitez is under enormous pressure to rectify that situation for fear he may be axed. Given that the Nerazzurri have won the Serie A title five seasons on the trot, such a loss of form is quite dramatic and the former Liverpool boss will be keen to resolve the problem soon before he is axed.
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