Friday, 24 June 2011

Liverpool Reject Raul Meireles Bid

Liverpool have turned down an offer from Juventus of cash plus midfielder Felipe Melo for Raul Meireles. However, the Daily Mirror reports that the Anfield side have told the Juve that they can have the Portugal midfielder for £13.5 million in cash, just a year after he was bought from FC Porto for £10.5 million.
Meireles  has been linked with a move away from the club as manager Kenny Dalglish weighs up his midfield options having signed Jordan Henderson from Sunderland and being linked with a bid for Blackpool’s Charlie Adam. Plus he needs to bring in some cash to counter his summer spending spree, which could reach as much as £60 million if bids are successful for Adam, Aston Villa’s Stewart Downing and Ipswich’s Connor Wickham, while another Anfield target St Etienne winger Dmitri Payet, could cost as much as £11 million.

However, Liverpool’s rejection of Melo is being felt just as keenly by the Brazil international, who has made it clear he is unhappy about being offered as a makeweight in any deal for Merieles.

“Let us say that Juve are not respecting me, or at least that’s the impression I get,” he said angrily yesterday.

“I’m not just anyone. I’m not a bargaining chip to be used to reach anybody.”

Melo has been at Juve since signing from Fiorentina in 2009.

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