Adaptable Stamford Bridge attacker wanted by both Anfield and Emirates Stadium sides.
Respected Israeli source Ynet has stated that Yossi Benayoun has said his goodbyes to team-mates and that the West London club will allow the 31 year old midfielder to leave before the transfer window slams shut. As well as interest from the two Premier League sides it is believed that Ligue 1 title holders Lille are interested in the adaptable attacker.
Benayoun has recently lost his squad number to new arrival Juan Mata and is keen to get his career back on track having seen his move to Chelsea first affected by a long term injury and then arrival of new boss Andre Villas-Boas. The former West Ham and Liverpool man has managed to notch up just one Premier League start for the Blues since his move to the club last summer.
The sources states that Liverpool are in advanced talks to bring the Israeli back to Anfield and that the only remaining stumbling block to a move being completed is said to be related to Benayoun’s salary demands. When the midfielder moved from Merseyside to London his salary significantly increased and his agent is keen to retain a similar salary to that which he garnered at Chelsea.
Arsenal are also said to be considering a move for the experienced Chelsea man as they look to balance out the abundance of youth at the club. Though the player is generally older than Arsene Wenger tends to opt for, the fact that the player is available on a free transfer (or at the most a nominal fee) such a factor may be less of an issue.
Benayoun can play in an advanced midfield role, in the hole behind the strikers or as an orthodox winger and his eye for goal and his ability to link midfield and attack may be of use to both Liverpool and Arsenal.
Though Dalglish has a number of central midfield options, Raul Meireles, Jordan Henderson, Lucas, Steven Gerrard, Charlie Adam and Jay Spearing to name just a few, Benayoun’s direct running and goal scoring ability seems to appeal to the Liverpool boss.
Wenger has seen Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri leave the club and watched as Andrei Arshavin limped from one half hearted performance to the next so perhaps Benayoun, though clearly not a long term solution to the problem, would help add more strength in depth to a squad that seems woefully threadbare at present.