Florentino Perez tries his best to nab too of Rafa’s starting eleven!
FOOTBALL’S transfer tombola threatens to make Liverpool its grand loser as the game’s richest clubs tempt away Rafa Benitez’s most important players and outbid the Spanish manager for his own targets.
Benitez is close to conceding defeat in his attempts to keep Javier Mascherano after Real Madrid moved for the combative midfielder. He also fears that Fernando Torres could be lost to Chelsea in a £60m heist.
Barcelona were already courting Mascherano when Madrid entered the chase last week. Having set two high watermarks for transfer fees with the £56m purchase of Kaka from AC Milan and their £80m offer for Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo, new president Florentino Perez is prepared to pay £38m for the joint transfer of Mascherano and right-back Alvaro Arbeloa. With Mascherano — who is keen to move to either of Spain’s premier clubs — valued at £30m, the sum would be a record fee for a holding midfielder.
The Source: (Times Online)
This must be worrying for Liverpool fans. The source is a respected one and therefore I wouldn’t take it lightly, and there must be some mileage to the Mascherano story as there is very rarely smoke without fire. His agent has been stirring the shit for a while and there is the story about the Argentine’s missus as well.
It’s beginning to be an odd summer for the Anfield side as they seemed so close to securing Glen Johnson but that deal is still yet to be complete and on the other hand three first teamers are strongly linked with leaving the club.
Real Madrid and to a lesser extent Barcelona, are beginning to become the scourge of the transfer window, basically trying their hardest to unsettle players and waving big sums of money in front of their noses.
Arbeloa and Mascherano to Real Madrid: It’s a very real possibility. Rafa will have to fight off Perez with a very big stick!