More fantasy island stuff from Mr Koptalk himself, Duncan “Economical with the truth” Oldham.
If you read this from late last night, you’d think that Dunk had scooped Guillem Balague for the information about possible interest from Anfield in the goings on over in Italy due to the recent high-profile relegations of top-flight sides.
Benitez confirms Juventus interest
#1551141 – Sun Jul 16 2006 12:08 AM
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez has confirmed that he is considering making an approach to Juventus.
KOPTALK recently reported that the boss was looking closely at the Juventus situation and that was soon backed up when Guillem Balague stated that David Trezeguet and Zlatan Ibrahimovic would be considered by the Reds if Juve were relegated.
Ideally Rafa would like to bring in Feyenoord striker Dirk Kuyt but it would appear that he hasn’t got the money to do this. As a result he’s having to look at other options.
“All the Juventus players are good players,” said the boss.
“They will be a better price now than they would have been three months ago.
“There are possibilities for a loan arrangement.
“If there is a good player and he is professional, that is not a problem for me.
“Trezeguet is one who would be a good player for us.”
1) When Gerard Houllier was in charge at Anfield, Trezeguet went on record saying that he would love to play for Liverpool one day.
2) Juventus winger Mauro Camoranesi was also linked with us recently.
So, did Dunk really beat the respected Spanish journalist (and friend of Rafael Benitez) to the news? Erm, well, no. What did you think? We’ve trawled through all of Dunk’s misleading headlines since the end of June, and some of them are so vague that you have to read the article to find out what he really meant. All we found was this, an article where Dunk claimed to have already known what Balague had just said on Five Live that morning, before he’d said it. Maybe there is an article somewhere, but it’s hard to find stuff on Dunk’s site. No search facility, misleading headlines. We also had to read his comedy pieces on how he was moving to Melwood soon. And the piece where he promised loads of photos and videos from the first day of pre-season training at Melwood. Did anyone get to see any more? No, neither did we, just the one of Gary Ablett that he took from the top of a purple wheelie bin.
Here’s what Dunk said on July 11th…
Liverpool’s Juventus raid on standby
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is waiting to see what happens in the Italian match fixing scandal before wrapping up several other transfers.
Juventus, AC Milan, Fiorentina and Lazio are all facing relegation and Rafa is snooping around Juve in particular.
The Italian champions could be relegated to the third division if found guilty of trying to influence the appointment of match officials for games during the 2004-05 season and an exodus of their players will take place if they are sent down.
Credible sources have been reporting to KOPTALK for some time that Rafa has been looking much further afield than the English and Spanish markets and that names not previously linked to us could pop out of nowhere while everyone’s concentrating on the likes of Dirk Kuyt and Jermaine Pennant.
At the weekend Spanish football expert and close friend of Rafael Benitez, Guillem Balague stated that Rafa was looking at players at the clubs caught up in the mess.
Sadly we couldn’t get his quotes on as earlier as we would have liked. Some of you emailed us asking us to cover them on the site but we needed to wait for the transcripts. This is what he told BBC Radio 5 Live.
He said: “We still need a striker for Liverpool.
“There’s been some names linked from the Spanish first division but there is some other players from Juventus and that includes (Zlatan) Ibrahimovic and (David) Trezeguet.
“Rafa is thinking or waiting to see what happens to them before he tries to get them.”
Because Balague said “we”, he was jokingly pulled up by the presenter because it sounded as if the Spanish expert was working for the club…
Balague says “we” because he pretty much is a Liverpool fan. He’s got his favourite Spanish club from childhood, but read interviews about his feelings for the Reds and the fact he’s spent a lot of time working in this country and you’ll know he’s as passionate as most of us. More passionate than Dunk in fact, who’s a Newcastle season ticket holder and enjoys finding or creating tabloid style rumours to discredit LFC and the players.
Anyway, nothing major, just wanted to let anyone who didn’t know it that fatty has not had any inside information about Liverpool and any Italian-based players.
I’m prepared to be shown an older post from Dunk that pre-dates all of the other comments from Balague if anyone’s got one. I don’t think I can take any more of Dunk’s nonsense NewsNow fiddling headlines for the next hour or two.