Monday, 16th April, 2012

The race for Hertha Berlin midfielder Raffael is hotting up, with the 27-year-old’s agent admitting his client is a wanted man in Italy and slapping a €15M asking price on the player’s head.

Recently Raffael was linked with English Premier League powerhouses Liverpool, whose manager Kenny Dalglish is believed keen to add a creative spark to his side over the summer.

But the Merseyside giants will face opposition for the former FC Zurich schemer, with several Italian sides, most notably Napoli, also desperate to bag the Brazilian.

"At the moment, Napoli have not specifically asked for him, but I can say that he is wanted by several Italian clubs", Raffael’s agent Dino Lamberti told Tutto Mercato.

"The amount needed is €15M", he added.

Raffael looks set to exit the German capital this summer, with the Brazilian having stood out in a Hertha Berlin side battling relegation.

At present Hertha sit second bottom in the Bundesliga and the odds are against 73-year-old Otto Rehhagel leading the club to safety; the former Greece coach was drafted into the hot seat in February.

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