Chelsea Make £8m Plus Player Offer for Liverpool Star

Stamford Bridge boss want Anfield midfielder.

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Liverpool have turned down a bid from Chelsea of £8m plus midfielder Yossi Benayoun in exchange for Raul Meireles.

Arsenal and French club Lille have also approached Chelsea over the possibility of signing midfielder Benayoun.

The Blues may make another offer for midfielder Meireles after a summer-long pursuit of Tottenham’s Luka Modric.


It seems that Andre Villas-Boas is keen to reunite with a player he lost early into his reign as FC Porto boss last term and is willing to offer Liverpool a former hero as part of the deal. However Kenny Dalglish does not appear to be keen on the swap offer but reports are that the West London club will return with an improved bid such is the determination of the Blues boss to snap up Raul Meireles.

The Portuguese international has managed just 34 minutes of Premier League football this term having seen his spot in the first team vanish following the capture of Jordan Henderson and Charlie Adam this month. Even the absence of Steven Gerrard has failed to help Meireles to get onto Dalglish’s first team team-sheet and therefore the 28 year old may be tempted to follow Fernando Torres to Stamford Bridge.

Villas-Boas has seen his Chelsea side struggle to break down opposition this term and had to grind out wins against West Brom and Norwich whilst failing to beat Stoke City on the opening day of the season. The Blues boss has been trying to nab Luka Modric from Tottenham but that deal appears to be off the table and a move for Meireles may be a smarter option.

Chelsea have a fairly brittle midfield with plenty of brawn in the shape of Michael Essien, Ramires and John Obi Mikel whilst Frank Lampard looks to link midfield and attack. Juan Mata has been brought in to spark life into the side but Villas-Boas now wants to do a deal to bring in the Liverpool midfielder to add creativity.

The offer of Yossi Benayoun is unlikely to hold much attraction for Dalglish, who has more than enough midfield options and it may take a bigger fee to tempt the Merseyside club into selling.

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