The protracted saga seems to have been running on for the best part of the season. However, it now appears that Liverpool are finally about to sign Javier Mascherano on a permanent deal, with Momo Sissoko’s transfer to Juventus freeing up the funds required to sign the Argentinean. The Daily Telegraph reports that the club have agreed personal terms with the midfielder, who had been linked with a move to Italy or Spain in the summer.
Rafael Benitez said: “Rick Parry (Liverpool’s chief executive) is working on the Mascherano deal and has concluded the deal for Sissoko to go to Juventus.
“That will be good for Sissoko, he wanted to play and needed to play, but we have enough players in this position. We have Gerrard, Alonso, Mascherano and now Lucas for the midfield roles.
“Now we are working hard to complete the Mascherano deal. I am confident it will be tied up soon. Sissoko has gone and we closer to a deal for Javier.
“We are working very hard to achieve that before the window shuts. I hope for something positive in the next 48 hours. Javier has made it very clear he wants to stay here and I believe he will.”
The former West Ham player has been one of the Reds’ most consistent performers this season, with the centre of midfield perhaps Liverpool’s strongest department.