Liverpool Ready to Complete Swift £30m Duo Purchase

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The Rumour

Liverpool have not conceded defeat in their efforts to sign the Valencia forward David Silva, despite Rafael Benítez’s recent declaration that the Spain international will not be moving to Anfield this summer.

The Liverpool manager publicly withdrew his interest in the coveted Silva amid concern he was being dragged into an auction for the 23-year-old to suit Valencia’s need to reduce their suffocating debts of almost €500m (£455m). “We will not be signing him,” announced Benítez in March, when Liverpool’s initial approach to his former club was made public in Spain despite an agreement to the contrary.

Benítez, however, remains a fervent admirer of a player who can operate on the left or off a leading striker – in Liverpool’s case Silva’s international team-mate, Fernando Torres –and retains hope that a deal can be struck with the financially stricken Spaniards.

To do so, Benítez, who is keen to conclude his protracted pursuit of Gareth Barry as swiftly as possible this summer and must sell to finance all his transfer needs, requires Valencia to lower their current asking price of around £25m and for Barcelona and Real Madrid not to enter into an auction for the player.

The Source: (The Guardian)

The Analysis

Rafa’s interest in these two players is well known and it appears that according to many sources the Liverpool boss doesn’t want a repeat of last summers long winded transfer process, which saw months of speculation of a move for Gareth Barry add up to nothing.

Valencia need money and it’s getting to the stage financially that they can’t wait continue to ask for inflated prices for their prized assets and it looks like the words Fire Sale and the club will become inextricably linked this summer, especially if the club avoids Champions League qualification (currently in fourth spot with three La Liga rivals within three points of them).

The rumour is that Rafa is happy to offer up to £20m for the Spanish flair player David Silva, who will neatly fit into the Anfield tactical jigsaw either as the man in the hole behind El Nino or perhaps out on the right, depending on whether Dirk Kuyt continues to impress in a position that isn’t really suited to his attributes.

Then we come to Gareth Barry, a player who for the life of me doesn’t strike me as good enough to upset Xabi Alonso over, but one who Benitez clearly admires. I think it is fairly obvious that he will leave Aston Villa this summer. The long term servant of the club gave Martin O’Neill another season and whilst for three quarters of it there was faint hope of the Champions League football he appears to crave, those dreams were dashed by a horrendous run of form. How much will the Merseyside club have to splash out for the England international? Well that’s a good question. His contract is up in just over a year so that may negate the huge sums that the midlands club would be wanting so maybe a fee of around £8-10m would be a fair price to pay? Although as i have stated before, its a purchase that in many ways the club should avoid all together.

The Likelihood

Silva to Liverpool: If he does leave Spain then i think its a fair bet he will head for Anfield, if the club can find the cash.
Barry to Liverpool: I think this is set to finally happen and Rafa will get the player he wants even though the club’s loyal fans don’t

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