Liverpool news – Broughton suggests Torres exit, Benayoun closes in on Chelsea switch, Man City favourites to sign Javi Martinez

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Benayoun closes in on Chelsea switch.

Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun is close to completing a transfer to Premier League Champions Chelsea according to The Guardian. The winger believes the move is only a week away as he looks set to replace Joe Cole at the London club. Chelsea are understood to have made a bid of around £4m though this has firmly been rejected. Nevertheless, the Blues would only need to up that to £6 to prise the player away from Anfield. Benayoun has scored 18 goals in 92 appearances for the Reds.

Man City now favourites to sign Javi Martinez.

Young central midfielder Javi Martinez, who has constantly been linked with Liverpool over the last few years, is more likely to move to Man City according to the Daily Mail. The Spaniard is highly rated by Rafael Benitez and made his debut for the national team when he came on against Saudi Arabia. Martinez would add some bite to Liverpool’s midfield, however Man City are set to snap up the 21-year-old from under the nose of their rivals, thanks to their greater financial strength.

Chairman feels move best for Torres?.

New Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton has caused controversy by claiming that it could be better for Fernando Torres to leave the club, according to The Times. Liverpool’s prized asset has already maintained that he is focusing on the World Cup, but this surprise admission – revealed by Sky Sports reporter Charlotte Jackson – will do nothing to help the nerves on Merseyside. However, Broughton has publicly said a number of times that the 26-year-old striker will not be going anywhere this summer.

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