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Liverpool Snatch £17m Star From Under Chelsea’s Noses

Done and dusted?

The Rumour

Sports News - February 07, 2009

Portsmouth right-back Glen Johnson has received offers from two clubs, it was confirmed today.

It is understood that the race to sign the 24-year-old England international is between Liverpool and his former club Chelsea, with transfer fees of around £17million being reported.

Porstmouth chief-executive, Peter Storrie, confirmed that the club have given Johnson permission to speak to two clubs.

“Glen has got permission to speak to two clubs and I think that is what he is going to do,” he said.

“The matter will come to a conclusion next week. I do not have a preference over the move, it is up to Glen and his agent. The deals are almost identical so it is really down to him and what club he prefers.”

But Johnson is expected to snub a return to Stamford Bridge in favour of Anfield.

It is understood that he will return early from holiday this weekend to have a medical on Merseyside and put pen to paper on a four year deal.

The Source: (This Is Anfield)

The Analysis

It appears that Glen Johnson’s will he won’t he move to Anfield is pretty much a done deal. He was at Anfield late last night for a medical and seems set to sign a lucrative four year deal.

It would be a great signing by Rafa Benitez although some might baulk at the price for the right back it is worth remembering that a big chunk of the fee is covered by monies still owed to the club from Peter Crouch’s move to Fratton Park a year ago.

The move will add fuel to speculation that current first choice right back Alvaro Arbeloa may well be on his way to Real Madrid, therefore giving the Liverpool boss more money to invest into potential additional transfers.

The Likelihood

Johnson to Liverpool: The deal looks done and dusted!

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