Benitez had been told by the US sports moguls that they would not discuss transfers until they made their next trip to Merseyside for the clash with Sir Alex Ferguson´s men on December 16.
But Benitez, while being careful not to upset the Americans with his transfer kitty demands, revealed on Thursday: "I would hope to speak to the owners before the Manchester United game. I don´t know if that is possible but we will try. But I don´t know for sure."
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