Rafa Benitez will reportedly start his revamp of the Liverpool squad on the wings.
Benitez will have significant sums to spend this summer from both his planned clearout of the Anfield squad (which could see Mark Gonzalez, Bolo Zenden, Craig Bellamy and Harry Kewell head for the exit door), and from backing from the club’s new American owners.
Wednesday’s Sun claims that the Spanish boss is lining up a raid on his old club Valencia to sign left-winger David Silva.
Silva has been one of the finds of the season for Quique Sanchez Flores’ side after signing from Celta Vigo last summer.
The Valencia man could cost up to £12 million, but a slightly cheaper option could be Lyon wideman Florent Malouda.
The Daily Mirror claimed on Tuesday that Benitez was lining up a bid for the French international, while Wednesday’s Times thinks that the deal could cost the Champions League finalists £10 million.
Meanwhile, Liverpool chief executive Rick Parry confirmed on Wednesday that the club are still interested in Benfica right winger Simao Sabrosa.
Wednesday’s Daily Star reckons that Djibril Cisse, who spent last season on loan at Marseille, could be used as a makeweight in the deal for Simao, and Parry conceded that would be a possibility.