Javier Mascherano Could Request Liverpool to Let Him Go
Javier Mascherano is now considering a transfer request to Liverpool officials. The Argentina international has attracted interests from Inter Milan and Barcelona.
Barcelona tried to secure his service last summer too, but Mascherano decided to stay at Anfield. However, now it seems the defensive midfielder is seriously considering a move to either Italy or Spain.
Barcelona is currently struggling to maintain their cash flow and sought £120 million bank loan recently. Now, Liverpool could reportedly valuate Javier Mascherano at £30 million, an amount that Barcelona may not be interested to pay as they already have a quality holding midfielder in Sergio Busquets.
Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez, who left Liverpool after the end of the last season, is keen to bring Mascherano in Italy. Benitez signed Mascherano from West Ham United in 2007 and has a very good relationship with the player. However, earlier it was revealed that Liverpool officials do not want to deal with their former manager due to their strained relationship.
The news of Mascherano’s possible move would add to Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson’s worries. Hodgson recently indicated that Steven Gerrard could snub Real Madrid to stay at Anfield. Yesterday, Dirk Kuyt said that he wanted to stay. Overall, Hodgson had some good news over the last few days, but now it seems he could hear something different from Javier Mascherano in the next few days.