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Anfield Banter: Heinze, Mancini, Torres, & Giorgio Chiellini?

* Sorry this is so late, but honestly, there was really nothing to write about until the last hour and I'm saving that for the last part of this post. From now on, I will no longer talk about Gabriel Heinze. Go to Real Madrid, Gabriel, we don't want you. If any of this nonsense of him coming to us is true, I've got to know what the heck is Rafa smoking? Heinze has been nothing but unimpressive for the last year or so. He's done, stick a fork in him and carrying him to Spain. If he comes to us... I don't even want to think about it.

* We are not after Mancini. What Rafa says, goes. Enough of that nonsense.

* Fernando Torres and his new tattoo will debut tomorrow against Werder Bremen in Switzerland, if all goes according to plan. I'm hoping to watch this match and give a full report, but with preseason matches, I never know if I'm gonna get to see it or not. Also, El Nino suffered a slight ankle injury in training last week, but that's not supposed to stop him from playing.

* Finally, a new name has popped up in our search for a left back to back up John Arne Semundseth Riise until Fabio Aurelio gets back and that name is Giorgio Chiellini. The 23-year-old Juventus player and captain of the Italy U21 squad is said to be available for £7m, while we have only offered £5m for him. From what I've read/researched about him, he is primarily a left-sided player and can play midfield as well. I think we need someone more versatile, like, oh I don't know, Jorge Fucile maybe?

EDIT: Well I did a little more research and apparently Chiellini was used to play centre back as well last season, so maybe he will be a good pick-up. Not sure if he'd get more playing time here next season as he would at Juve though. Save injury, I don't see him playing any matches other than domestic cup ties.

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