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Report: Liverpool Ready To Bid For Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery

After expressing concern about the massive spending occurring all over Europe, Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez is set to make a move for Franck Ribery.

According to The Telegraph, Benitez is planning a €46 million move for Ribery, who has attracted the interest of Real Madrid all summer. However, Los Merengues seem to have run out squad places, if not money, thus ruling out a move.

The story appears to have some credence, on the back of news that leading British bookmaker Skybet have dramatically slashed the odds on Ribery joining Liverpool, just as they did the day before Michael Owen joined Manchester United.

However, Bayern Munich have remained adamant in their refusal to sell Ribery for anything less than an enormous sum, even though the French international has reportedly stated his intention to leave.

This news will no doubt raise questions about the futures of Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano. Liverpool want to keep the pair, but their tight budget means Benitez - who has already splashed more than £17 million on Glen Johnson - will have to sell before making another big buy.

Arjun Miglani, Goal.com