Babel to swap Anfield for Turkey

FRANK Rijkaard is ready to announce his arrival as Galatasaray manager by offering to end Ryan Babel's mounting frustration at Liverpool. (Daily Mail)As Rafa Benitez looks to tie up the �17m signing of Glen Johnson today, former Barcelona coach Rijkaard will attempt to replenish Liverpool's coffers with an �8m offer for his Dutch compatriot.

FRANK Rijkaard is ready to announce his arrival as Galatasaray manager by offering to end Ryan Babel's mounting frustration at Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

As Rafa Benitez looks to tie up the �17m signing of Glen Johnson today, former Barcelona coach Rijkaard will attempt to replenish Liverpool's coffers with an �8m offer for his Dutch compatriot.

Rijkaard was appointed by Galatasaray earlier this month and funds are unlikely to be a stumbling block, but convincing Babel to make a fresh start in Turkey might be.

Babel has become exasperated with his lack of opportunities since leaving Ajax in a �12million deal two years ago.


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He is believed to favour a move to Spain or Italy, though, if he cannot attract interest from another Premier League club.

Liverpool hope to finalise Johnson's move from Portsmouth tonight and signal the end of a six-month pursuit of the England right back.

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Liverpool's move for Johnson will pave the way for Real Madrid's �8m bid for Anfield's Spanish defender Alvaro Arbeloa.

Liverpool have also placed a �2m offer for Portsmouth defender Sylvain Distin.

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