Monday, January 25, 2010

Rafa to Juve?

The Sun reports that Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is on the top of the wishlist of Italian giant Juventus.

He is the Italian giants' No 1 choice to succeed Ciro Ferrara, who will be sacked this week following the 2-1 home defeat to Roma last weekend.

Ferrara will still take charge of the team for Thursday night's Coppa Italia clash at Inter Milan.

Juve's original target was former Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink. But he has priced himself out of the market by demanding an 'emergency' payment of £3.5million to bale them out this season - and a long-term contract at £7m a year.

Despite Liverpool's erratic form this season, Juve club president Jean-Claude Blanc sees Benitez as the man to restore the Old Lady of Turin's flagging fortunes. Ferrara was only made Claudio Ranieri's successor in August.

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