Chelsea set to raid Anfield

By on May 24, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Chelsea are lining up a double swoop for Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano and Yossi Benayoun, according to the Daily Mail. Chelsea are hoping to take advantage of Liverpool’s financial difficulties and see the duo as replacements for the out-going Michael Ballack and Joe Cole. Liverpool have no wish to sell, especially Mascherano, but with the persistent financial problems and uncertainty over the clubs ownership, a big-money bid from the double winners may be difficult to turn down.

Argentina captain Mascherano admitted last week that his family is struggling to settle on Merseyside and takes regular trips to London with his wife. Although his first choice would be a move to Spain, preferably Barcelona, he may be willing to stay in the premiership and join the champions Chelsea.

The situation with Benayoun could be resolved quickly as the player himself has declared Carlo Ancelotti is keen for his services and a £6m move could be completed soon.

Benayoun, 30, said: ‘Ancelotti wants me for next season and now everything depends on Liverpool. Chelsea will have to pay some £6m but I believe that in the end I’ll be moving there.’

If Benayoun makes the move South he may find himself passing Joe Cole on the motorway as Liverpool are interested in taking him to Anfield on a free transfer, but they will face stiff competition from the likes of Tottenham and possibly Manchester United who have both been linked with a move for the England international.

Would Chelsea fans welcome Mascherano and Benayoun to Stanford Bridge? How would Liverpool fans feel losing two players to their rivals? Please leave your comments below..

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7 Comments

  1. Bob

    May 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    ridiculous story, these guys would not make Chelsea reserves.

  2. midgit in a dip

    May 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    sign them up would be important players for the team and if carlos wants to return to his favourite damiond formation they would fit in well

  3. Dan

    May 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Waste of time both of them. Mikel is better than Masch with Essien being 1st choice in that Role. Matic is a good youngster in the role too..
    Benayoun would be nothing more than a fringe player. Give the youngsters a chance rather than waste money on these two.

  4. blindside

    May 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Naturally as journalists you have everything right. LFC are about on the level of say Exeter City and the likes to listen to the media. That being the case the playing staff at LFC should just about bring in £7.19.11d.
    Go for it!

  5. nikhil

    May 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    i may agree 4 mascherano..but jose bennayon…he will not perfrm @ chelsea he is already 30 so cnt expct a long term service..instead if we stick with jocole that can b a fine idea..the best seal is sign an youngster…some 1 like HAMSIK..or ARDA TURAN or Ben ARFA………these guys can perfrm very well as an attacking midfielder…my money is on Hamsik……

  6. blerim

    May 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    transfers torres

  7. success

    May 27, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    it’s good deal but torres will be more advantageous to us than all this people

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