Liverpool CLOSE IN on £13m TOP QUALITY defender!

Rafa goes back to former employers to look at defensive signing.

Despite Raul Albiol stating publicly that he wants to stay at Valencia for life the word out of Valencia is that he is definitely one of the stars that could be sold to ease the clubs financial burden.

In fact Liverpool have maintained contact with Valencia over Albiol and sources have said in Valenican newspapers that talks are in fact ongoing.

Valencia are so desperate to hold on to David Silva and David Villa that they are prepared to sell other players in order to appease their creditors and Albiol is one of those players that will become available unless there is a turnaround in the Spanish clubs fortunes.

Liverpool have tabled a bid in the region of £10 million while the Spanish club will not go below £13 million for the 23 year old central defender. (

Liverpool are reportedly in pole position to sign Spanish International Raul Albiol from La Liga side Valencia, who is also a target for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, according to reports in Spain. (

The financial problems at the Mestalla are well documented as is the continued interest in their two most bankable stars David Villa and David Silva and it would seem to make sense that Raul Albiol could be sold to avert the disaster of having to sell their two attacking lynchpins. Albiol is a solid customer and whilst Liverpool have a firm combination in the centre of defence, either Carragher/Skrtel or Agger/Skrtel with Jamie at right back, with Hyypia coming to the end of his career a move for this Spanish international may just make sound sense. He can also play as defensive midfield so is an adaptable player worth considering. Which central defensive pairing is the best in Liverpool fans view?

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