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Benitez set to break transfer record by lfctalk
March 27, 2009, 10:06
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The Times is reporting Rafael Benitez is prepared to break the Anfield transfer record in order to secure the services of Spanish attacker David Silva from his former club, Valencia.

Benitez may be embroiled in races for the two biggest trophies available to him at Liverpool, but he’s keeping an eye on the future of the Spanish international and could be prepared to spend the majority of his kitty this Summer to land him.

Valencia are reported to have debts in the region of £450m, which will force them into selling star assets – David Silva, David Villa, Raul Albiol – all of who have been linked with moves to Anfield.

Benítez will cancel negotiations if Valencia — who reportedly asked for a total price of around £130 million for Silva and Villa when Manchester City inquired about their availability in January — demand an unrealistic price.

It is possible that he could surpass the £20m he paid for Fernando Torres in 2007 in a move for Silva.

Under the terms of his new deal at Anfield, Benítez has been granted the power to begin transfer negotiations — if not necessarily finalise them — and by moving swiftly for Silva he hopes to wrap up a deal at a reasonable price relatively quickly, rather than allow the situation to drag on throughout the summer.

Eduardo Maciá, the Liverpool chief scout, who brought Silva to Valencia when he was a teenager, was recently sent to Spain to ask about his availability and is thought to have been encouraged by what he was told, even though Liverpool would probably face competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona for the 23-year-old.

The prospect of a move to Anfield would certainly appeal to Silva, not least because of the strong Spanish contingent at the club, from Benítez, Maciá and others on the management staff, to Torres, Xabi Alonso, José Manuel Reina, Albert Riera and Álvaro Arbeloa, his Spain team-mates with whom he won the European Championship last summer, on the playing side.

Silva would certainly be a welcome addition. He operated in an advanced left-sided position for Spain, in support of Torres and Villa, during the European Championship but can play on either wing or directly behind a lone striker, a versatility that appeals greatly to Benítez.

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