Thursday, August 12, 2010

Christian Poulsen on the Verge of £4.5m Move to Liverpool

Juventus midfielder Christian Poulsen is now very close to joining Liverpool as his Italian employer has recently agreed a fee worth £4.5 million for his transfer to the Merseyside club.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson would consider the Denmark international as a replacement of Inter Milan-bound defensive midfielder Javier Mascherano. His arrival would provide more ground to the departure of Mascherano who has been a target of Inter Milan and Barcelona throughout the summer.

Inter Milan manager Rafael Benitez wants to reunite with Mascherano at San Siro, while Barcelona is considering the Argentina captain as the replacement of Yaya Toure who joined Manchester City recently.

However, both Inter and Barcelona are reluctant to meet Liverpool’s £25 million demand for the 26-year-old who has been with the Reds since 2007.

Christian Poulsen, at 30, has huge experience which would be useful for the Premier League side. Poulsen may not have previous experience of playing in the Premier League, but he has the experience of representing the clubs like Schalke 04, Sevilla and Juventus. Moreover, he has also represented Denmark in 77 international matches so far.

Time will say whether Christian Poulsen has been a shrewd signing by Hodgson who is going through a tough time since taking over as the Reds boss following the departure of Benitez. Cash-trapped Liverpool can not spend a lot, but needs to add reinforcement to retain their Champions League spot this season.

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