Reds Confirm Aurelio Capture
Liverpool have secured the capture of Fabio Aurelio, with the Brazilian left back putting pen to paper on a four-year deal at Anfield this afternoon.
Aurelio won a Spanish La Liga title under Benitez at Valencia and becomes the first Brazilian to play for Liverpool.
Aurelio in training with the reds of the Liverpool players"Fabio is a player with a lot of quality and he is a really good signing for us," Benitez told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"His technical ability is fantastic and he has a great left foot and provides the team with a lot of options. He has a really good mentality and he is a winner."
While Mark Gonzalez's Work Permit Aprroved Finally!
Rafael Benitez was celebrating today after Chilien international Mark Gonzalez was given the green light to begin his Liverpool career.
The left winger was granted a work permit after a successful hearing on Wednesday morning, and Benitez believes 23-year-old Gonzalez is a player who will not only enhance his team but also excite the supporters.
"This is very good news for us and I am absolutely delighted to welcome Mark Gonzalez to Liverpool as he is a player the supporters will like to see," Benitez told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"Mark is an exciting left winger who can cross good balls and beat defenders and he is a very good signing for us. He has a very good mentality as when I was talking with him he told me, 'I want to play for Liverpool'."
Gonzalez spent last season on loan in La Liga with Real Sociedad after he was initially refused a work permit to join Liverpool from Spanish side Albacete.
Drogballs: Fantastic news. Our summer transfer plans have finally kicked off and two excellent pieces of news in just about 5 minutes. Both are left sided players and are clearly talented and raring to go, desperate to wear the famous Reds shirt next season. But does this spell an end for Harry Kewell? Might just be... Stay tune for more.
Liverpool To Break Bank For Joaquin?
Liverpool have put together a massive bid for Real Betis wing ace Joaquin.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez is willing to offer �12 million plus fringe players Jerzy Dudek, Bolo Zenden and Antonio Barragan for the Spain international, reports AS.
Betis have welcomed the interest, with new president Pepe Leon admitting they're prepared to sell Joaquin this summer - if the right offer arrives.
Liverpool want to split the cash component in two, with an initial �7 million arriving before a second installment of �5 million being paid in 18 months time.
Tribalfootball.com / SkySports.com
Drogballs: I can predict what's to come for the next few days. 'CHELSEA LAUNCH MEGA BID FOR JOAQUIN'. Trust me on that, they are getting oh-so predictable.