Liverpool Midfielder Set For £25m Move

By on June 17, 2010

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By Football Talk.

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano will join Rafa Benitez at Inter Milan, Italian agent and transfer market expert Claudio Pasqualin told Goal.com. Benitez left Liverpool after a disappointing season with the Reds and was unveiled as the new Milan manager yesterday. Now one of his first tasks will be to bring in Mascherano who was a key figure at Anfield under Benitez.

Mascherano’s future has been in some doubt since the end of the season, with the Argentine international revealing his family have struggled to settle on Merseyside. Pasqualin is in no doubt that he will soon be an Inter player, while also saying he felt Steven Gerrard would remain at Anfield but the future of star striker Fernando Torres is less certain.

“Liverpool’s financial situation is not the best and so it’s inevitable that they will sell some of their best players. Mascherano will almost certainly be wearing the Nerazzurri shirt next season,”

“As for [Fernando] Torres, no one knows. And for [Steven] Gerrard, he is the symbol of Liverpool so he is likely to stay there.”

II Corriere dello Sport add further weight to the story after reporting that Inter officials have met with Mascherano’s people to begin talks about the transfer, with more talks planned for next week. However, as with many high-profile transfers, price may prove to be a sticking point. Liverpool are wanting at least £25m, a figure that is deemed too high by Inter owner Massimo Moratti.

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11 Comments

  1. steve mcauley

    June 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

    benitez said last season he wold reject £50m for masch, so why does he think he can buy him for half that?
    this was YOUR valuation rafa so put inter’s money where your big mouth is!

  2. sparq2112

    June 17, 2010 at 10:29 am

    Steve. It’s wasn’t Rafa’s fault the club sh*t on him.

    He knows the mess the Americans have put us in, why on earth would he spend £50 Million on a player he knows the club will sell for £25 Million ?

    The very same people who slagged Benitez off for bad signings are now moaning that he’s trying to bring Anfield’s cream to Inter Milan, Torres, Gerrard, Mascherano, Kuyt ect.

    He’s even reportedly targeted our free transfer Jovanovic and another L.F.C target. his International team mate Milos Krasic.

    You can’t blame the guy. He only needed a couple of decent signings at the start of last season, he was given sod all. It summed it up at Christmas, Skrtel was injured we needed defensive cover. Rafa was told we didn’t have £2 Million for Portsmouth’s Sylvian Distan, £2 Million ffs.

    So instead we got kyriakos for £500,000, it just goes to show what a state our club is in.

    So don’t blame Rafa.

    Sparq2112

  3. Jim Mason Paddock Stand

    June 17, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Strange how all the Rafa knockers come out the wood work now that he wants the players they have been slagging off all season. We’re gonna end up with a worse manager and a weaker squad, one bad season doesn’t make a bad manager, how long before the Rafa out brigade will be moaning about the new manager and his new 5 year plan.

    Rafa’s teams were in the top 4 every season except last year, reaching two champions league finals in 6 years and PL runners up last season and 3rd the season before that, we’ll be lucking if we get anywhere near that in the next 6 years.

    And as for giving £96k to the Hillsborough fund, Rafa you proved you are real class with that gesture, you could have bleed the club for the whole £16million YNWA good luck lad, hope Inter retain old big ears

  4. bone

    June 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Well it’s rafa who’s buying him istn’t it?

  5. Mono

    June 17, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Well said Sparq

    Someone who can see past his nose, lets all see the anti Benitez brigade start moaning about the players leaving and getting under par performers

  6. steve mcauley

    June 17, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    sparq, i didn’t say ALL his buys were crap, i said the majority of them were! masch is very obviously world-class, which is why our new manager should demand top bucks for him if he is intent on leaving, in today’s climate, even with liverpool’s financial difficulties, you have to be looking at minimum of £40m

  7. RF

    June 17, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    If the Yanks can hold out for £800m for LFC then surely we can hold out for at least £35m for Masch
    He is the Argie Captain after all – so lets see where they finish before any figure is agreed – cos if he picks up the world cup – then we can add another £10m to that price
    Cheers for everything Rafa but you did say not even for £50m
    Good luck at Inter and remember YNWA

    RF

  8. KOS

    June 17, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Delighted Rafa is gone. We were going nowhere with him in charge. We would have won the league 2 yrs ago if he was more positive in his atitude.
    As for the lack of funds. He had circa 40 million to spend last summer. And he spent it on a crocked Italian that the dogs in the street could see that he was not the answer and a right back that was not required if Arbeloa was treated better.
    He had zero man management skills

  9. bubba gump

    June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    benitez can can do us a favour and take that uselss kuyt thing with him too. yes yes, runs all day, well done dirk, produces nothing. cant run with a ball (cant run full stop really), cant control a ball, no eye for goal, no eye for a pass, cant cross a ball. pointless. a rafa yes man.
    as for mascha, why bother contract negotiations if his bird is so unhappy in england. typical argentine shit house cretin. stand up and tell us you want to leave, i’ll give you an ounce of respect then. this is the club that saved your dying career you cretin.

  10. bill badger

    June 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    £25 million is not enough, should be more like £35 million or even better £10 million + Cambiasso.

  11. steve mcauley

    June 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    has anyone else considered sunderland skipper, cana, as a ready-made replacement for masch? potentially world-class, in my humble opinion, under the right manager of course (hopefully Kenny) and we would still have a lot of money left from masch’s sale

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