The David Silva Chase by Liverpool

Khalid KhanCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 04:  David Silva of Valencia runs with the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final, first leg match between Chelsea and Valencia at Stamford Bridge on April 4, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

As dust settles around failed transfer of David Villa, now another Valencia star, David Silva, is reportedly being targeted by Liverpool just in case Xabi Alonso leaves for Real Madrid.

Even if Xabi Alonso leaves, now Liverpool are set to save 20 percent sell-on payment to Real Sociedad when on July 18 agreement expired between the two clubs. Liverpool can then use this money to fund their targets.

Silva has in the past repeated reaffirmed his loyalty to Valencia to fulfill his contractual commitment. In spite of that and also in the face of dire financial straits threatening Valencia, the influential playmaker is again a wanted man.

With Silva’s versatility as a winger on both flanks and on frontline, playmaking, and lower wages, he is a much desired player.

But Valencia will not let their star go without a fight to keep him at Mestalla. Silva is just too important for their future campaigns and it would be very difficult to replace a player of his caliber.

Silva, along with David Villa, is a pivotal player for Valencia, whose partnership with the latter on the field is crucial to offense of the team. Should he leave, he will have fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres to work with at Liverpoo,l which will be an intriguing prospect in and of itself.

Following Alonso’s imminent departure, Liverpool will likely make all efforts to keep Javier Mascherano from joining Barcelona and risk losing both creative central defensive midfielders. Still, Rafael Benitez has other central midfielders in his sights.

Rumors aside, Silva move is unlikely as Liverpool already has excellent wingers in Dirk Kuyt, Ryan Babel, Albert Riera, and playmakers in Yossi Benayoun and Steven Gerrard. Rafael Benitez would just do well to get central midfielders like Javi Martinez of Athletic Bilbao and Esteban Cambiasso of Inter Milan.