This source suggests that the La Liga champions are set to do to Rafa what they did to Sir Alex, and tap up one of the club’s stars!
Real Madrid are set to stun Liverpool Football Club with a New Year bid of £15million.
Reports in Spain suggest the Liga champions are keen to take Ryan Babel to the Bernabeu in January, as they look to compensate for the injury to Ruud van Nistelrooy.
The Dutchman, usually a winger but also comfortable in a central strike role, has been frustrated Anfield this season having started just once in the Premier League, but Rafael Benitez remains a fan.
With the Reds said to be looking to offload players to raise cash for their own foray into the transfer market, could they refuse £15million for a 21-year-old who is only on the fringes of the first team? (fansfc.com)
Even though Babel is currently being used sparingly, there is no doubt that he will be a big part of Benitez’s long term plans, such is the talent that the Dutch international undoubtedly possesses. Real Madrid are no strangers to ‘tapping-up’ and, if this is indeed another underhand attempt to unsettle a player, then Rafa will not be best pleased. Even though the Merseysiders could do with some cash, they will surely not sell one of their rising stars. After all if they wanted £15m, they could just offload Pennant, Benayoun and Voronin and surely get more or less the same amount? Do Liverpool fans think for one second that their boss would consider selling?