Anfield boss makes the most of his trip to Madrid in midweek.
Reports are circulating that Rafa Benitez is keen to snap up some of Real Madrid’s unused squad talents this summer. The Liverpool boss is hoping that whomever takes over ownership from Tom Hicks and George Gillett will hand him a hefty transfer fund and with that in mind has earmarked the likes of Karim Benzema, Christoph Metzelder and Rafael Van der Vaart.
The Anfield manager has reportedly made use of his recent visit to Madrid to sound out the potential moves with the Bernabeu outfit that is looking to trim its squad ahead of another mass clearout when they more than likely oust Manuel Pellegrini in the process.
Liverpool are in dire need of more attacking talent and if they can persuade former Lyon man Karim Benzema to move to the club it would be a massive coup but Rafa appears to believe he can trump the likes of Man United in the chase for the French International striker.
Christoph Metzelder is available on a free in the summer when his contract at the club runs out and the German international centre back has no intentions of continuing to sit on the bench and Benitez is apparently looking at the vastly experienced former Borussia Dortmund man as a potential bargain buy to improve his defensive options.
Rafael Van der Vaart has seen little playing time this term and has started less than half of the club’s fixtures and has only then be called upon as a result of injury or suspensions to fellow players. The Dutchman tried to orchestrate a move away from the La Liga giants last summer but was told he was very much part of Pellegrini’s plans but has found out that this has not proven to be the case. He has watched as fellow countrymen Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder have flourished since securing moves to Bayern Munich and Inter Milan respectively.
Apparently Real Madrid are so keen to offload some of their players that they are willing to take cut price fees to encourage quick sales. The likes of Royston Drenthe and Lassana Diarra are also said to be on their way out.