This source suggests that Rafa is looking to capture an Argentinean who comes very highly recommended indeed!
According to the Daily Mail, both Liverpool and Manchester United are keeping close watch on Franco Zuculini, the Racing Club de Avellaneda midfielder.
The 18-year-old has been hugely impressive in his short professional career of 20-odd games, so much so that Argentina coach Diego Maradona has dubbed him “one of the stars at the next World Cup”.
Indeed, Zuculini has been strongly likened to one of Anfield’s current favourites – although the original version is only 24 himself, everyone is raving about ‘the new Javier Mascherano’.
Udinese had a €2.5 million bid rejected by Racing, who are demanding €10 million for their young superstar-in-the-making. However, financial problems mean the Argentine club should settle for around €7 million. (goal.com)
This could be a wise move, not least because Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva is about as effective as a chocolate teapot. Rafa is beginning to have a collection of youngsters with real quality ready to be blooded in the first team as and when Benitez feels the time is right and by all accounts Zuculini, who is also dubbed the next Diego Simeone, is a very hot prospect indeed. Do any Liverpool fans rate Lucas?
Brand New Feature. (1-10 scale, One = Pure make believe, Ten = is a transfer all but complete)
Mr Comfort’s Likely-ometer: 6.5/10