Well, if all works out well then this will have surprised many and is it a coincedence he will cost around 2m and is that what the press got wind of yesterday, but without knowing the full details they have decided to speculate?
From what i'm told benitez decided that spending 8-10m on someone english and on a player who may be 4th choice most of the time doesn't make that greater sense, although things could still change, this is football.
What i do know is the greek isn't someone we have plucked from a list, he's been watched for a while and was a player batted around during the chase for a centerback when Skrtel was targeted, but then and being younger, skrtel was a similar price and would be more of a long-term choice. Now as a replacement for big sami, this could make perfect sense.
...oh and i have to say did rafa look like a man who had no money left yesterday when quizzed by the media? Secretly i think he's loving these stories, benitez likes to play down the money situation as it makes other clubs think maybe we haven't much, but looking at the basic picture...we sold keane, who benitez admitted we might lose 2-3m on the deal, so we must have got 15-16m back on that, coupled with the sale of Alonso 30m, Arbeloa 3.5m and leto 3m, now obviously not everything will come in at once and if you look through the loan details the refinace and interest has been covered....what i'm saying is rafa is believed to be working on one big transfer still and that transfer will be someone who can play across more than one attacking position, but if he can't get the right player then he is prepared to wait until he can.