Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Liverpool linked with Real Legend

Spanish striker Raul is being linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez reportedly keen to sign him from Real Madrid.

The 32-year-old could be set to end his lifetime association with Real this summer after finding himself on the fringes of the first-team under Manuel Pellegrini.
Reports in the Spanish press say Benitez is keen to sign Raul on a free transfer.
However, Madrid may command a fee for the forward - who could line up alongside countryman Fernando Torres next season - as he has a 'contract for life' at the Bernabeu alongside goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
Los Merenges' directors are thought to be reluctant to allow the club legend, who is their all-time record goalscorer, to join a European rival - instead preferring to sell him to an American club for his career swansong.
Several teams in the MLS are tracking Raul, including former Real star David Beckham's LA Galaxy, although the player himself may be tempted by the lure of a two-year contract in the Premier League.
Reds boss Benitez is known to have been a keen admirer of Raul since his days as manager of Valencia, before taking over at Anfield in 2004.
It is not the first time the 102-cap veteran has been linked with a team in England.
Raul's agent Gines Carvajal revealed a few months ago that Chelsea had bid in the region of £70 million for his services shortly after Roman Abramovich's takeover at Stamford Bridge.
While news of the potential new signing will undoubtedly excite Liverpool supporters, it should be treated with caution.
The rumours as they are stem from Catalan-based reports, rather than Marca - which is usually a reliable source of information on goings-on behind the scenes at the Bernabeu.

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