Anfield boss ready to consider offers.
DUBAI International Capital are closing in on a £500million buy-out of Liverpool as manager Rafa Benitez prepares to join Juventus.
It will be all change at Anfield over the coming weeks with unpopular American owners George Gillett and Tom Hicks relinquishing control and the club being forced to find a new boss.
In fact, the search for a new manager is already under way, with high-ranking Liverpool officials aware that Benitez has verbally agreed to join Serie A side Juventus at the end of the season on a £4.5m four-year deal.
Now it’s just a case of the Italians agreeing compensation with Liverpool for Benitez to end his six-year reign on Merseyside.
There will also be a major upheaval in the boardroom with DIC, the investment arm of Dubai’s ruling family led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the front runner in the process to agree a deal with Gillett and Hicks.
DIC attempted to purchase the club in 2007 when major shareholder David Moores declared he was open to offers but then former chief executive Rick Parry recommended a sale to the Americans.
They were also in negotiations a year later to buy Gillett’s 50 per cent shareholding only for talks to break down.
Now it could be third time lucky for Sheikh Mohammed, a regular visitor to this country through his passion for horse racing.
DIC will also commit funds to build the much-anticipated new ground and make a considerable sum of money available for transfers.
Prominent in the discussions is DIC chief and self-confessed Liverpool fan Sameer Al Ansari. (Sunday Express)
We do appear to be heading towards a very interesting summer. Clearly we have lost out on that ‘guaranteed’ top four finish Rafa promised us but does that mean he needs to go? There has clearly been more to be happy about in the second half of this turgid season and we have to take into account how much the boardroom mess has affected the club as a whole.
Clearly Benitez has made mistakes and now its a case of balancing what he has achieved prior to this season versus that ‘promise’ which he has failed to deliver on. Personally I think he has earned another season. If we do get new investment and owners who actually back his decisions then I think it better to keep the Spaniard at the club rather than changing both the board and manager at the same time.
I see no reason why Rafa would be greatly interested in a move to Juventus. The Old Lady of Italian football is in a sick state, they are having as bad a season as we are. If it was AC Milan, Roma or Inter Milan calling then perhaps he would be tempted but as it is I think he would be more likely to move back to Spain but I get an overwhelming feeling that he still feels he has a job to do at Anfield.
Watch this space. Do my fellow Liverpool fans think Rafa should stay on or should he be axed?