Mar 28 2009 Liverpool Echo : LIVERPOOL have pulled out of the race to sign David Silva after Rafa Benitez balked at Valencia’s £30m asking price.
The Reds boss confirmed to the ECHO that Liverpool made an inquiry for the Valencia midfielder but is not planning to follow it up with a firm offer.
Benitez said: “It is true that we were asking about the situation with him but we are not happy with the situation now and he will not be a target for us. “We have to work hard and we are trying to have conversations and trying to progress but it’s not easy to sign any player now. “The most important thing now is to make progress with the contracts of our own players. “We are working hard on that because this is our priority.” The Spanish international had been near the top of Benitez’s wanted list for this summer but with Valencia holding out for a fee which the Reds boss believes is exorbitant Liverpool have ended their interest. Only a dramatic u-turn from Benitez will reignite Liverpool’s interest unless Valencia lower their asking price significantly.
While the Anfield club did make tentative moves for Silva, his Valencia team-mate Raul Albiol was not featured on Benitez’s shopping list despite speculation suggesting otherwise. “He is another good player but he is not our target,” said the Reds boss.