Yossi Bernayoun considering move after Benitez’s departure

Yossi
Benayoun
has made it clear that he wants to sign for Chelsea, and
the two clubs are continuing a dialogue over his transfer.

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Benayoun is the subject of speculation once again

• Benayoun
claims Chelsea move likely

A source close to Benayoun’s
proposed move to Stamford Bridge told Soccernet: "Talks are ongoing, and
Yossi has made it clear that he would like to sign for Chelsea.

"However,
who knows how the departure of
Rafael Benitez
will affect the move from Liverpool to Chelsea.

"The problem
though, is that Yossi didn’t play all the games at Anfield, and won’t
play all the time at Chelsea!"

"It is no secret that the player
did not get on with the manager, and there was nothing more to it than
the fact that Yossi thought he was playing well enough to have been in
the starting line up far more often than he was.

"For that reason
he wanted to quit Liverpool for Chelsea, but now that Benitez has gone,
who knows, he might change his mind?"

It appears that Chelsea have
intimated that they would make an initial offer of around £4 million
while Liverpool are holding out for £6 million, so with the two clubs
apparently close in valuation a deal is likely.

Benayoun is viewed
as a replacement for
Joe Cole, who
cannot agree a new contract at Stamford Bridge.

Cole asked for
£120,000 a week in wages but will now be available on a free transfer,
with a number of Premier League clubs chasing his signature.

Having
said no to Arsenal, Manchester United and West Ham, it leaves clubs
like Spurs and Manchester City still in the frame to sign Cole once the
World Cup finals are over.

Benayoun has three years left on his
£75,000-a-week deal at Anfield, and would be a much cheaper option than
re-signing Cole.

The Israel international is is due back from a
holiday to finalise personal terms with Chelsea next week, along as the
Blues meet the £6 million asking price. 

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