Rafa revives Spanish raid

Silva's agent confirms interest in Liverpool target

May 13, 2009
By Soccernet staff

David Silva's agent has fuelled rumours that Liverpool have revived their bid to sign the Valencia star after he confirmed that a number of clubs had made enquiries.

GettyImagesDavid Silva: Liverpool target

Reds manager Rafa Benitez withdrew from the original transfer talks a few months ago after the cash-strapped Spaniards went public in an attempt to spark a bidding war with Juventus, Inter Milan, and Barcelona.

But it is now claimed that Liverpool have tabled a final £15million offer for the 23-year-old and Silva's representative, Jose Segui, admits there is interest in the midfielder.

"At this time it is normal there are many stories in the papers about transfers, but the decision depends on Valencia," Segui told Sky Sports. "It is certain that some clubs have asked about the boy, but he has a deal with Valencia and he is happy in the city."

Benitez, who left Valencia to become Liverpool manager in June 2004, has been courting Silva for a long time but was unhappy with the way the La Liga club handled negotiations when they eventually began back in March.

Benitez fumed: "Our chief scout was in Valencia and talked with different people from the club but someone was talking too much. If we are going to look for someone we will not announce it to everyone - we will try to do it properly and secretly."

Valencia sporting director Fernando Gomez, who admitted that Silva and striker David Villa might have to be sold to serve club debts of between £350m and £450m, insisted no decisions would be made until the end of the season with Los Che still battling for Champions League qualification.

"Now it is impossible to negotiate anything because the future of the team in qualifying for Europe is not decided and that is key for the budget next season," Gomez said.