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Liverpool Launch £15m bid for Impressive England International

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The Rumour

Liverpool have launched a fresh £15million bid to land Portsmouth right back Glen Johnson.

Manager Rafa Benitez identified the England defender as a target this season but did not have anywhere near the budget to land the player.

However, Portsmouth still owe around £7m from the £12m transfer of striker Peter Crouch last summer, and Benitez hopes to use that to good effect in his bargaining for Johnson.

The Source: (Daily Mail)

The Analysis

Glen Johnson is an impressive performer who has battled back from a stuttering Chelsea career to become very much part of Fabio Capello’s England set-up and has been in good form for an under performing Portsmouth side. Rafa has been a fan for some time and was very much in the hunt for the right back last summer and it appears he now means business.

Some may consider the price tag as hefty but i guess that is more to do with the fact that prices for full backs don’t tend to be that high in comparison with other positions but in this instance it would be money well spent. Not sure where this would leave Alvaro Arbeloa as he is clearly the first choice in that position at Liverpool but in my view Johnson is a far superior player to the Spaniard who was of course the subject of a furious attack from teammate Jamie Carragher last weekend.

The Likelihood

Johnson to Liverpool: I think this will happen as Pompey seems destined to lose some more big names in the summer in order to balance the books.

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