Sunday, August 17, 2008

Arsenal In Talks With Experienced Midfielder

Rafael Benitez has admitted that Liverpool were negotiating the sale of Xabi Alonso to Arsenal and insisted he was not invloved in talks to bring Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry to Anfield.

"I was not involved in the talks about Barry," he continued, "I was not involved in the talks about Alonso and Arsenal. If you want to talk about these players you must talk to the chief executive of our club who was handling the discussions.

"If you want to talk about football, then you talk with me."

"We will see what happens in the future with that situation, but clearly our squad is better."

The fact that Benitez has now specifically linked Alonso with a possible move to Arsenal underlines that he would have been happy to sell the Spain international to the Gunners for the right price.

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