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.

  • DynastySoccerFC … Rasputin

    Rafa is a great manager but he should have used Mark Gonzalez more this year. Gonzalez is faster than fast & when Rafa did use him he played very well. If they actually do sign David Villa that would be a very good thing but I’ve already read Villa is happy in Spain with Valencia. Who knows what will happen?

  • Dirk Kyut

    Rafa needs to sign more Dutch players’! I do not agree with you Dynasty. He needs to cut the Mexican Gonzalez loose & he’s lazy & has a bad work ethic! Not only do I think Rafa needs to sign more Dutch players’. Liverpool also need to change the color of the uniforms to Orange! Maybe also Rafa could be replaced by Lord Cryuff. Then they would win the EPL & the champions League ! Remember kids! If your not Dutch, your not much!

  • Dirk Kyut

    Have Gonzalez go to Spain to play with the other Mexican David Villa. It’s a good place for him. He would not have to speak English in that country which would mean more time for Football & less stress on his brain. He’s not Dutch anyway. No big loss as far as I’m concerned.

  • no name

    An italian out scored you in the champions league finials and portugal beat the dutch in the world cup and Euro cup 2004, so maybe he should get rid of the dutch and get more players from those countries

  • no name

    and David Villa is spanish

  • Antonio Garcia

    Dirk you have a strange name but I kind of agree with you. Maybe Rafa needs a few more Dutch players’ but he should keep Gonzalez & bring on some more Latin players’. Afterall Brazil is a Latin country & they have won the world cup more times than anybody. As for no name, who cares about Italians. They are known cheaters! Latin players’ are better anyway. If you didn’t have so many great Latin players’ playing in Italy that league there would have died long ago as it’s so boring to watch. Italy even has had players’ from Argentina for their national team in past world cups to give them strength so that goes to show what a high value Latin players’ are to Italy.

  • Daniel

    Errrmmm…Gonzalez is Chilean!!! Which was why he was so hard to sign in the first place. If he was Mexican they couldve got him a work permit in a flash but Chile were outside the top 70 in the world at the time.