Babel Set To Sign For Liverpool
Ajax's Dutch international forward Ryan Babel is set to join big spenders Liverpool after agreeing personal terms and completing a medical with the Merseysiders.
Arsenal have been linked on and off with the wing-wizard for the last 18 months until January when Arsenal's interest seemed to come to something when the youngster was seen visiting Arsenal's Ashburton Grove stadium and training ground.
Indeed, the youngster himself said on several occasions that he wanted to play for Arsenal, but not until he had completed one last season with his current employers, Ajax.
He was rumored to have a £6.5Million release clause in his contract, however, Ajax's asking price of around £13Million would seemingly rule that out.
Could that be the reason that Arsenal haven't moved for Babel? Quite possibly as manager Arsene Wenger isn't one to pay over the odds for a player.
Earlier today Liverpool Chief Exec Rick Parry told Liverpool's official website: 'We're not quite there with Ryan Babel yet, but we've now been given permission by Ajax to talk to the player.
We hope to reach an agreement with Ajax very shortly.'
However, Sky Sports News broke the news in the last few minutes that the Dutchman had infact already agreed a deal and passed a medical.
Where next for Arsenal?