Hodgson Loses Star While City Continue Spending Spree

Roy Hodgson could only watch on as one of his new side’s finest midfielders departed the club for major rivals Chelsea. Yossi Benayoun, who joined Liverpool from West Ham in 2007, has signed for the Premier League champions, with the fee reportedly in the region of £5.5 million.
The Israeli captain told Chelsea’s club website: “I am very excited to come to a club like Chelsea, it is a big club and I think it is a dream for every player.”

           
A Liverpool spokesperson confirmed that the deal had been agreed when former manager Rafa Benitez was in charge, while Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti praised the new signing: “Yossi has a lot of quality in midfield and can play in lots of positions. I like his behaviour on the pitch and he will do a great job for us next season.”
           
The attacking midfielder scored 29 goals in 134 appearances for Liverpool and will surely by a great acquisition for the Blues, who already boast a strong midfield.
           
Another midfielder, this time of the more defensive-kind, signed a big-money deal today. Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure has signed for big-spending Manchester City for a fee of around £24 million. Toure joins his brother, Kolo, in the Eastlands squad. The transfer comes just days after Roberto Mancini’s side announced that a deal had been agreed between themselves and Spanish giants Valencia over the acquisition of David Silva, and a few weeks after the signing of German defender Jerome Boateng from Hamburg. It looks like it’s going to be all change in the blue side of Manchester this summer.
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