Thursday, 14 May 2009

Rafa in for Forlan???

Transfer Speculation

It’s definitely approaching that crazy time of year! A couple of today’s papers are reporting that Rafa Benitez is on the verge of bringing ex Manchester United striker Diego Forlan to Anfield in a reported £15 million deal. Speaking about Benitez, The Daily Star reports that:

“The Spanish chief has had his scouts all over La Liga as he looks to boost his attacking options for next season, and Forlan has been watched constantly.”

The speculative article goes on to say that “During his three years at Villarreal he scored one goal every other game, earning him a £20m move to Atletico two years ago. The article goes on to say that “this season he is only one goal behind Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o in a race to be Spain’s leading scorer this season after hitting the target 29 times” and “Liverpool have watched him at recent games against Real Betis, and last weekend’s match against Espanyol when Atletico won 3-2 after coming from behind with 10 men. Benitez feels Forlan would be a perfect foil for Fernando Torres — a former Atletico Madrid favourite. The two clubs have an excellent relationship after the £27m purchase of Torres two years ago. And Forlan’s agent Daniel Bolotnikoff has confirmed that Atletico have a massive offer on the table from an English club. Forlan – who is also on Barcelona’s radar – says he will decide on his future in the summer. He said: “At the moment my desire is to score goals, to fight for the Golden Boot and to help Atletico to get a position in the Champions League. “I will think about my future in June. I want a meeting with the directors and then to evaluate the situation.”

The Telegraph is also running the story and repeats most of the Star article, but adds “Forlan is contracted to Atletico till 2011", and "would cost 36 million euros according to a clause in his contract."

He appears to be knocking them in for kicks in Spain but I’m unconvinced the 29 year old would represent value for money. Whether he can repeat his prolific goal scoring prowess in the Premier League has never been fully determined. File under C for ‘caution’

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