How Martin Kelly could help Liverpool sign Ben Arfa

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Defender Martin Kelly could be oddly important in a Liverpool bid for Newcastle’s Hatem Ben Arfa.

Liverpool have made it clear they now have a strict financial model which means an end to the days where they could pay tens of millions for a single player.

They have been strongly linked with a move for Hatem Ben Arfa at the end of the season with Newcastle reportedly valuing their play maker at around the £20 million mark.

This is something which could easily have put Liverpool off but the recent comments of defender Martin Kelly, means the club could now save you a few quid which they can use on this transfer.

Liverpool would also have been looking at bringing in a defender at the end of the season to compensate for the retirement of Jamie Carragher.

They have been linked with several, all around the £5 million to £6 million bracket which is cash that could now be used in a Ben Arfa deal because Kelly has revealed, he thinks he’s good enough to play at centre back for the club.

This means if Liverpool are seriously interested in signing Ben Arfa then they can pool together the cash they do have available to spend and meet the transfer fee which Newcastle set.

There will be some negotiation because no club instantly goes in at the asking price for any player.

The stumbling block to this good news is the current situation of Martin Skrtel who is out of favour with Brendan Rodgers and doesn’t look like returning to the first team any time soon.

If Skrtel doesn’t have a future at Liverpool past this season, it will mean the club losing two of their best central defenders this summer, which means a replacement is inevitable.

So for all of the good will and intentions of Kelly to play in more than one position for the club, it’s something that Liverpool may not be able to avoid.

However, if the club can get Ben Arfa on board and also bring in a high quality defender then that’s a summer of work that Brendan Rodgers is likely to be very pleased with and Kelly’s comments will no doubt, help that to happen.

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