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  1. http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/liverpool-f...00252-23949351/

     

    LIVERPOOL boss Rafa Benitez admitted today that his £17m capture of Glen Johnson was more than he wanted to spend on a full-back.

     

    But he also revealed that the huge outlay does not signal the end of his summer spending.

     

    With Chelsea also willing to pay Portsmouth’s asking price for the England defender, Benitez admitted: “Sometimes you have to spend a little bit more.

     

    “You can’t compete in the top four of the Premier League unless you spend some money.

     

    “We were looking for a player of quality and also somebody who is British because of the new Champions League rules.

     

    “Glen Johnson fits both categories.”

     

    The player has agreed a deal with the Reds and is expected to formally put pen to paper in the next 48 hours.

     

    And he may not be the last new face at Anfield this summer.

     

    “We have a plan,” added Benitez. “We can sign one more player if necessary, but that’s without any players leaving.”

     

    Benitez is bracing himself for a bid from Real Madrid for Alvaro Arbeloa. but he is also concerned by the increasing speculation surrounding midfielders Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano.

     

    The Reds boss has made it clear that he would not welcome bids for either player, but while Real have publicly stated their interest in Alonso has ended, Barcelona are refusing to give up on Mascherano despite Benitez’s very firm hands-off warning.

     

    First to leave, however, could be Arbeloa.

     

    “Alvaro Arbeloa has had a very good season but he has one year left on his contract,” said the Reds boss. “If he signs that will be good because we will have more competition, but if we get a good offer we will have to consider it.”

     

    Benitez is also hoping that on-loan players Sebastien Leto and Andriy Voronin could bring in more transfer funds, while a return to Italy for Andrea Dossena is also on the cards.


  2. MARCA.COM

     

    VILLA WILL NOT BE A MADRID PLAYER

    19/06/09 - 08:35. 19/06/09 - 08:35. imprime print envía send Cerrar Close

     

     

    A pesar de que Florentino Pérez aseguró ayer en los micrófonos de Canal Nou que el fichaje de Villa era cuestión de tiempo, el diario MARCA desvela en su edición de este viernes en una información de Manu Sainz que el presidente del Real Madrid ha decidido frenar la operación ante el rechazo de la afición valencianista a la posible marcha del 'Guaje'. El club blanco insiste en que no se quiere propiciar un nuevo 'caso Mijatovic' y sólo un milagro podría desbloquear una negociación a día de hoy rota. While Florentino Perez said yesterday in microphones Canal Nou that the signing of Villa was a matter of time, the daily MARCA unveils its Friday edition of this information in a Manu Sainz that the president of Real Madrid has decided to halt the operation before the rejection of the fans Valencianista the possible development of the 'gauge'. The club insists that White does not want to bring a new 'case Mijatovic' and only a miracle could unlock a bargain today is broken.

     

    Villa se derrumbó ayer tras decirle Llorente que le venderá a cualquier equipo menos al Real Madrid Villa collapsed yesterday after telling Llorente to sell any equipment unless Real Madrid

    Mientras los acontecimientos se suceden, Villa se derrumbó ayer tras el entrenamiento de la selección española tras decirle Llorente que le venderá a cualquier equipo menos al Real Madrid. As events occur, Villa collapsed yesterday after the training of the Spanish selection Llorente after telling him that any equipment sold to Real Madrid at least. 'El Guaje' está pasando un calvario en la concentración con 'La Roja' ya que el Valencia le está presionando para que acepte la oferta del Chelsea. 'The gauge' is a nightmare happening in the merger with 'The Red' and that Valencia is pushing him to accept the offer from Chelsea.


  3. slightly twisted by sky to suit their agenda.

     

    amazing what you can achieve by missing out certain words.

     

    nicked from RAWK yesterday:

     

    Xabi was interviewed after the match by a Spanish radio and was asked a series of questions regarding the NT etc and the very last question was: "Xabi would you be disappointed if you're still at Liverpool next season?" to which he replied with a timid laugh and said " I can't, I can't answer that question for you -(pause)-but nah, nah, not at all" then the interviewer said "You just did (laughs) but i won't press you on it" and Xabi just said "Very well" and it ended with the mandatory 'take care, see you later' exchange.


  4. However, the 13-time capped Spain international insists he is only focussed on helping the Reds win their first English championship since 1990.

     

    "My future is here, with Liverpool," Reina told Setanta.

     

    "Obviously, transfer speculations are part of the game, especially at this period of the year, but I am not after a move to Spain, as my dream is to win the league with this football club."

     

    The Madrid-born 'keeper also stated that he does not have a clue whether manager Rafa Benitez is planning to bring any big name signings to Anfield this summer.

     

    "Do we need to strengthen our squad? It is not up to the players, but to the coach," Reina continued.

     

    "Rafa Benitez is a top manager and he perfectly knows his squad. As far as the squad is concerned, we have no idea if he plans to make signings or not."

     

    Goal.com, apparently.


  5. Hmmmm, interesting:

     

    LIVERPOOL NEWS

    Benitez: Liverpool may break transfer record

     

    May 20, 2009

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    Rafael Benitez has said he may well break the club's transfer record again this summer. In the last two summers, the Liverpool boss has spent £20m-plus on first Fernando Torres and then Robbie Keane.

     

     

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    Rafa Benitez: Plotting his summer raids.

     

    And although Benitez is believed to have been given only £20m by the club's American owners for a transfer spree - any more will have to come from sales - the Spaniard is planning purchases at both ends of the financial scale.

     

    Linked again with Carlos Tevez this week - a move that has been talked about at Anfield now for some while - the club say they have not made a bid to the players' third party owners.

     

    But Benitez is known to be keen to pair Tevez again with his compatriot Javier Mascherano, the Argentina stars joining West Ham together back in August 2006.

     

    However, he said: ''We may well break our transfer record, but certainly not Manchester United's. But it does not matter about the prices, it is doing the right thing and finding the right players.''

     

    But having all but assured themselves of runners-up spot in the Premier League now behind champions Manchester United, Benitez knows he has to work carefully in the transfer market this summer to maximise the funds he has been given, or can generate.

     

    He said: ''The next step is to overcome Manchester United, and that is the hardest. It does all come down to the money they have been able to spend, that is the difference.

     

    ''If we want to reduce this gap we have to be really good in the transfer market this summer. That can be the difference between winning the two or three extra points that we would need to win the title.

     

    ''We do not have that sort of money, so we have to be cute and clever in the market. Then it does not matter if you have money or not.

     

    ''When you have a lot of money it is easier because nobody notices your mistakes. For us it is important to find good targets to buy and make ourselves successful.

     

    ''We have learned a lot about our squad this season, we know each player that little bit better and it means we can improve for next season.''

     

    He added: ''The fact that we have won nine of our last 10 games and not won the title just shows the high level of the Premier League.

     

    ''This season we have managed very good performances against the top sides, something we had not been doing before and now we have to improve a little bit more.

     

    ''We have 83 points and that would have been enough to win the title on six other occasions since the Premier League started. I can only underline that I am pleased and proud of my team to have gone this close.''

     

    Benitez has started to generate cash from his squad by agreeing a £1m fee for defender Jack Hobbs to stay at Leicester, where he has helped them to promotion from League One. Winger Paul Anderson will also join Swansea for a fee of around £750,000.

     

    Xabi Alonso is being linked with a £22m move to Real Madrid, while Ryan Babel could also be sold. Striker Andriy Voronin is also expected to be moved on.

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