Dirk Kuyt joins Mascherano in wanting out of Liverpool
Forward reportedly looking to leave Anfield for Rafa’s warm arms
“‘Agreement’? What ‘agreement’?” appears to be the message coming from Rafa Benitez this morning, as the Inter gaffer – who signed a contract promising not to poach any Liverpool players when he left – is accused by Roy Hodgson of turning the heads of first Javier Mascherano and now Dirk Kuyt.
A Certain Tabloid is reporting Dirk’s agent, Rob Jansen, has told Liverpool Inter are making eyes at his client, who is now rather interested in a £13m move to Italy:
The clubs continue to talk but Dirk has told Liverpool he no longer wants to be involved as this is something that regards his career and life. It doesn’t mean he wants to leave at all costs but when a club like Inter comes along it’s normal to look into it further.
Meanwhile, the Milan club have already faxed over £20m formal offer for Mascherano and are expecting the deal to go through before the weekend is out. Sporting Director Marco Branca told press:
I sent an offer to Liverpool by fax on Tuesday and am waiting for a reply from them. We’re not speaking to the player at the moment because we want to do this in the right way and make sure that Liverpool are happy.
The whole affair has led an understandably pissed off Roy Hogdson to questioned Rafa’s integrity, while also denying he’s heard about any interest for Sloth:
When Benitez left the club he signed an agreement that he would not poach players from Liverpool and I think that still applies. As far as I’m concerned, the agreement with Inter president Massimo Moratti still stands.
We have not received an offer from any club for Dirk Kuyt, this is obviously something going on behind the scenes with the agent talking to possibly the manager of Inter.
Judging by Hodgson’s reaction, it’s looking like Rafa is on course to erase all of the goodwill he left Anfield with – but, on the other hand, might Liverpool fans consider £37m for a long-unsettled midfielder and an easily-replaceable 30-year-old forward as the Fat Spanish Waiter doing them a favour?