Reds boss looks to potential centre back replacement.
Rafa Benitez is lining up a near-£10million bid for Raul Albiol after the Valencia defender indicated an interest in moving to the Barclays Premier League.
The Liverpool and former Valencia boss will have around £30m for summer signings and has added Albiol, 23, to a list that also includes Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry and Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon.
Albiol is rated at £18m, but Benitez believes he can land him for half that given Valencia’s financial plight.
The Spain centre back, who can also operate in midfield, said: ‘If I do leave Valencia, it would only be for a big club. The Premier League could be perfect.’
Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez admitted: ‘We are obliged to sell players, and we know of English interest.’ (Daily Mail)
This could be a clever ploy by Rafa to let Daniel Agger know that if the Dane continues to drag out the contract talks that have been going on for some time then the Spaniard will just opt to sign the impressive Valencia centre back. Agger is a good player who could become a very strong part of the Anfield set up but understandably the former Brondby man wants assurances that he will be a regular starter and those may well be assurances Benitez can not give him at this stage, especially given the solid partnership of Skrtel and Carragher at present. I believe that the Liverpool boss won’t hesitate to bring in Albiol if Daniel doesn’t sign a deal some time soon. What do the fans think?