Saturday July 13 2013
Benitez hopes to secure Albiol deal

Rafael Benitez looks set to raid Real Madrid once again and bid for defender Raul Albiol.

The Spanish tactician has already brought Jose Maria Callejon to Stadio San Paolo this summer, and respected journalist Alfredo Pedulla believes that the Coach could make a move for the centre-back as well.

The 27-year-old has fallen down the pecking order at Santiago Bernabeu, with Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane all ahead of him in the starting XI.

There have been reports in the Spanish Press that a return to former club Valencia could be on the cards, but Benitez will hope to sell the Partenopei project to the Spain international.

Albiol is likely to cost around €8m.