Real stand firm over Milito
By Francisco Acedo
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool's bid to land defender Gabriel Milito looks ever more complicated.Liverpool's bid to land Real Zaragoza defender Gabriel Milito looks ever more complicated with the Spanish outfit adamant he will be staying put.
Reds boss Rafa Benitez is keen to bring the 24-year-old centre back to Anfield to add extra competition to his rearguard.
The Argentine has enjoyed two very impressive seasons at La Romareda and revealed last week that he was keen to seal a switch to the reigning European champions who have submitted an £8 million offer for his services.
Zaragoza are, though, determined to hold on to Milito, and his Argentina international team-mate Luciano Galletti who has been linked with both Liverpool and Atletico Madrid, having already sold one of their top players, striker David Villa, to Valencia earlier in the summer.
The Aragon-based outfit have offered Milito a new contract thought to match the wages on offer from Liverpool in a bid to safeguard his future with his current deal due to expire in two seasons.
Zaragoza chief executive Jeronimo Suarez believes the stopper is almost certain to stay despite the persistent interest from Anfield.
"It's practically impossible that Milito will go," he stated.
"Our interest is to keep him and for that reason he has a very good offer from the club to extend and improve his contract."
Manager Victor Munoz echoed Suarez's sentiments, adding: "I am convinced that the two players (Milito and Galletti) will be with us this season."
If he is ultimately unsuccessful in his attempts to prise Milito from Zaragoza, Benitez is being tipped to stay in Spain in his pursuit of a new defender with Real Madrid's Walter Samuel and Deportivo La Coruna's Jorge Andrade reportedly on his wish-list.