Saturday, 11 July 2009

Transfer Speculation: Ribery, Arbeloa, Alonso

Franck Ribery
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez rubbished speculation that Franck Ribery will be joining the Reds reports the Mirror.

"I don't think we will be signing anyone else for big, big money - just maybe the ones who can fit into our team.”

"I will be really pleased if we can keep this squad together because I don't think we need to do too many things to get us in position."

"Now we are just thinking of improving the fitness of the players, not thinking of the transfer market. We have the quality and will have chances again."

Alvaro Arbeloa
The same story also talks about the speculation surrounding Alvaro Arbeloa, proclaiming he will join Real Madrid next week. The article says:

“Benitez has given up hope of keeping full-back Alvaro Arbeloa, who will join Madrid next week for a fee of around £6m.”

"We offered him an extension before, but if you have an idea and the agent has another one, you have to find solutions," he said.

Xabi Alonso
Real Madrid sporting director Miguel Pardeza has been shooting is mouth off about Liverpool player Xabi Alonso. Reported by Sky Sports, he said:

"Madrid must not discard an option until it's totally gone."

"There is an insurmountable financial barrier at the moment, but it's something that could change.

"We're looking at other options, although there aren't many."

Real director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has also suggested that the club are hopeful of securing Alonso.
"There are many weeks remaining," he said. "We must show patience. There is time."

Despite openly talking about the Liverpool midfielder to the press for 5 weeks, Real Madrid are yet to make a bid for the player.

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