Rafa doesn’t know when to give in, he clearly wants this Spanish winger but are Espanyol having a laugh with their 19m valuation!
Liverpool look set to end their interest in Newcastle’s James Milner after eyeing a second bid for Espanyol winger Albert Riera.Reds boss Rafa Benitez is expected to make a further move to try and take Riera to Anfield after his reported bid of £9.5m plus Argentine winger Sebastian Leto was turned down.
Reports coming from Spain suggest Liverpool may make another move for Riera who is under contract at Espanyol until 2010 but expecting an offer for his services. He said: “In a few days my agent will arrive in Barcelona with an offer from an important club.” Benitez has been looking to add width and a move for Milner was strongly expected but it appears Benitez has moved on to another target. (clubcall)
For some reason every player that Benitez eyes up suddenly have a valuation based on pure fantasy. Efforts to secure Aston Villa man Gareth Barry are being thwarted by an ever rising transfer fee, and Riera is supposedly worth even more! Luckily the Liverpool boss is no fool, his original bid of half the valuation and Leto seemed ample and Rafa won’t go much higher than that, £14m should have been more than enough and yet the La Liga club wants more! Do Liverpool fans think that Benitez is playing the transfer market right by biding his time and waiting for the right moment to pounce on a bargain?