Liverpool Boss Rafa Benitez Given Green Light To Spend Cash From Ryan Babel Sale - Report

Rafa will have some cash to splash this month if he can offload the Dutchman...
Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez has been assured by the club's board that any money raised by the sale of Ryan Babel will be his to use in the transfer market this month, according to a report from The Times.

The Reds' policy this transfer window has been to move high-earning players deemed surplus to requirements out of the club.

Andriy Voronin has departed to Dinamo Moscow with Andrea Dossena leaving for Napoli in deals together worth £6 million.

It was then felt the wisest thing to do would be to retain funds until the summer, when higher-quality players should be available on the market.

It is believed that part of this plan involved hanging on to Babel until the end of the season because he would be difficult to replace, but The Times indicates that the player could now leave.

Benitez would then be handed the money raised from the sale to use immediately, should a suitable replacement be available.

Liverpool are believed to value Babel at around £11m. Birmingham City were reported last week as having had a bid of £9m for the forward rejected. UK