We all know that Liverpool never like to conclude business early, and so that continues with Liverpool’s refinancing of the £350 M loan from RBS and Wachovia.
The deadline for the loan to be repaid is tomorrow. Despite campaigns organised by the fans to attempt to stop the banks lending Hicks and Gillett the amount – several reports had suggested that a deal to extend the loan for another 12 months will be made.
However, it appears that the deadline may receive a temporary extension as both Hicks and Gillett are still in discussions with the two main banks who are taking £40M in interest payments per year.
Only last month RBS took the unusual step of writing an open letter to Liverpool fans expressing their desire for a ‘long term relationship’.
If somebody was paying me £40M a year I’d want a long-term relationship with them too.
Meanwhile Xabi Alonso is still a hot topic amongst Liverpool fans.
After sitting out yesterday’s game after an alleged ‘ankle injury’ the grapevine suggests Madrid have increased their offer to £30M. Rafa Benitez has been insistent that Alonso will not be allowed to leave for less than £35M.
A number of players have been linked with Liverpool if Alonso departs including Moussa Sissoko (Toulouse), Esteban Cambiasso (Inter Milan), Wesley Sneijder (Real Madrid), Alberto Aquilani (Roma) and Javi Martinez of Atletic Bilbao.