Rafa Benitez Offered £3m To Leave Liverpool Immediately

Chris Wright

2nd, June 2010


By Chris Wright

According to the BBC Sport website, the Liverpool board have offered manager Rafa Benitez a £3 million severance deal that would see him leave the club with immediate effect.

It has been reported that it would cost Liverpool upwards of £16 million to fully buy-out the remainder of Benitez’ contract if they were to sack him, and so it would appear the Anfield board are trying to negotiate a compromised pay-off that would allow both parties to start afresh.

The Liverpool hierarchy are understood to be keen to use Inter Milan’s well-publicised interest in acquiring Benitez’ services as leverage to usher the former Valencia boss out of the club for a fraction of the price it would cost to can him outright.

UPDATE: Sky Sports News seem to think that Benitez will leave Liverpool within the next 48 hours, with Kenny Dalglish taking temporary charge.

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