Liverpool Close in On Impressive £33m Duo: Rafa Doesn’t Rule Out Moves

Rafa Benitez considers double Anfield swoop apparently.

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Sports News - February 25, 2010

Turkey international Arda Turan would be interested in a move to Liverpool.
The Galatasaray midfielder has spoken of his desire to experience football overseas and Anfield would be one of his preferred destinations.
“Of course I want to play abroad but it is our board’s decision,” said the 23-year-old, who has previously been linked with Rafael Benitez’s side. “As I always mention, Liverpool attracts me because of their tradition.”
He added: “In Europe, I am a Liverpool supporter, so if I go to play in Europe, I would like to play for them.”
Turan told “My dream has always been to play for one of the top European clubs, but you shouldn’t make concrete plans in your life because sometimes these plans cannot be achieved.
“This is my dream, but for now I’m just working on my football.” (Press Association)

Simon Kjaer keen on Liverpool move
Palermo defender Simon Kjaer is eager to join Liverpool this summer and link up with international team-mate Daniel Agger.

Spurs and Manchester United have been tracking the 20 year-old who joined Palermo just over two years ago, but Kjaer has indicated he would prefer a move to Anfield.
Palermo are eager to keep hold of the Dane but the player is seeking a fresh challenge and has his heart set on teaming up with Agger in the heart of Liverpool’s defence. (Daily Telegraph)

Rafael Benitez has played down talks of a move for Simon Kjaer or Arda Turan despite the pair expressing earlier this week their desire to move to Anfield this summer.

On Thursday, Galatasaray ace Turan conceded that joining Liverpool would be a dream-come-true – 24 hours after Palermo defender Kjaer revealed he relished the prospect of linking up with Daniel Agger.

Speaking at Melwood yesterday, however, Benitez refused to speculate about potential moves for the duo, insisting that it is too early to discuss transfer targets.

He said: “There were two or three names [linked] in the press today but it’s too early so we can talk about players but it is too early so we have to wait.” (Click Liverpool)

So is Rafa Benitez’s lack of a denial a sign that this pair could be heading for Anfield? Well perhaps. I get the impression that of the two bits of speculation Simon Kjaer could be a realistic target and the young Danish centre back is a player with a great deal of potential and one who could in the future be a big name and one well worth keeping track of.

It seems that Daniel Agger’s international teammate has set his sights on leaving Palermo this summer and you can’t blame the 20 year old for looking to move on to bigger and better things and a move to the Premier League may well suit the towering defender.

Arda Turan is another player looking to make a step up and has been consistently linked with a move to Liverpool and like Kjaer appears to see his future away from ‘smaller’ surroundings. There is no doubt that Galatasaray are one of the biggest teams across Europe but the pull of a move to one of Europe’s elite leagues is clearly beginning to bite and the Turkish side may have to relent and look to cash in on their prized asset rather than keeping an unhappy player at the club.

Both players could fill ‘problem’ areas at the club. We do not have a lot of strength in depth at the back and apart from Daniel Ayala we do not have option coming through in the centre back position. Turan would give us some much needed creativity on the wings and help give us some natural width although Arda can also play behind the strikers or in an advanced midfield role and that adaptability is another string to his bow.

On to the Wigan match. we simply must not drop points at the DW stadium but our fate depends very much on what team turns up to play Liverpool on Monday night. It could be the team that defeated Chelsea or the won who lost 4-0 to Portsmouth. Roberto Martinez’s side have won just once this year and are in the middle of a relegation battle but we should have enough about us, with El Nino back in action, to get all three points (fingers crossed).


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