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Liverpool watch third best player in Spain, Juventus linked with 'misfit' Erik Lamela and Chelsea taregt Benfica pair.

Last Updated: 24/12/13 at 08:49 Post Comment

RAKITIC FOR LIVERPOOL?
He's rated only below Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the La Liga player ratings for the season on WhoScored as he has notched seven goals and six assists for Sevilla this season while playing behind striker Carlos Bacca. One of those assists came in Sevilla's 2-1 win at Villarreal at the weekend and that match was apparently watched by Liverpool scouts.

The Croatian international - according to the Daily Mail at least - has a buy-out clause of £33m but this is Sevilla and their financial difficulties mean that he could be available for as little as £7m. After missing out on Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer, Liverpool do apparently still have money available for a goalscoring midfielder.


JUVE JOIN LAMELA QUEUE
This seems odd as Juventus are currently top of Serie A and doing quite well thank you, but the Daily Mirror claims that the Old Lady are among a glut of clubs - including Napoli and Inter Milan - who want to take Tottenham 'misfit' Erik Lamela back to Italy. There's even talk of Juve offering Mirko Vucinic in part-exchange as he has been pushed out of the Juventus side by Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.


CHELSEA IN FOR BENFICA PAIR
The Benfica pair in question are Lazar Markovic and Nemanja Matic with the Daily Mirror claiming 'the cash-strapped club have put a £12million price tag on Serbian winger Markovic, 19, and claim they are in discussions with Jose Mourinho's side about a January switch'. His teammate Matic is of course a former Chelsea player who was sent to Benfica as part of the David Luiz deal. He is said to be worth around £20m - but that might be a small price to pay for a genuinely excellent defensive midfielder.


AND THE REST
West Ham have offered Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan £100,000 a week to save their season...Gianfranco Zola could be offered a quickfire return to management in his native Italy with Bologna...Tony Pulis wants to ship out players in January to start his revamp of the Crystal Palace squad...Everton Ribeiro will spurn the advances of Real Madrid to fulfil his dream of joining Manchester United...West Brom are pulling out all the stops to try and hang on to Shane Long...Roberto Martinez has given an early indication of Everton's resolve to enjoy the best years of Ross Barkley, the attacking midfielder, by valuing him at more than £80million...Sunderland hope to take Tottenham defender Kyle Naughton on loan next month...Newcastle have held talks with Metz over striker Diafra Sakho...Obafemi Martins did little to defuse speculation he is speaking to West Ham after arriving in London ahead of talks at the weekend.

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