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Raul Meireles set for Liverpool exit after contract talks stall

| 26.06.2011

Raul Meireles stay in the Premier League looks set to be short lived after contract talks between the player and Liverpool broke down.

The 28-year-old is understood to be frustrated with Liverpool’s new owners who are allegedly refusing to increase his wages after a brilliant season for the Reds.

Meireles was so desperate to play in the Premier League at the end of last season that he accepted a relatively meager contract with the Anfield side after his £11.5million move from Porto last summer.

Despite an excellent season that saw him voted PFA Fans’ Player of the Year, Liverpool’s new owners – Fenway Sports Group – are reluctant to offer him improved terms.

The Portuguese has allegedly been offered around Europe for roughly £13million, with Italian side Juventus thought to be at the front of the queue.

The loss of Meireles would prove a bitter blow for Liverpool fans, although the introduction of Jordan Henderson for £20million and possibly Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing may soften the blow somewhat.

Kenny Dalglish’s side are currently 10/1 to win the Premier League next season, making them fifth favourites.

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Richard Anderson