Is anyone surprised?!
It appears Barcelona will renew their efforts to sign Javier Mascherano and Cesc Fabregas at some stage in the future, after their director of football Txiki Begiristain was quoted by Sport as saying that the pursuit of the two midfielders is “something the club has left for later”.
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez issued a hands-off warning regarding Mascherano during the summer, having already let Xabi Alonso leave for Real Madrid, but it appears that the Blaugrana have not given up in their attempts to land the Argentinean captain.
Arsenal skipper Fabregas has been the subject of continued speculation about a possible return to Camp Nou, despite saying he was focused and fully committed to the Gunners, and Begiristain now claims that the reason both players didn’t sign for Barca is purely economical. (Goal.com)
So that didn’t take them long did it! Just days after the transfer window closes and it appears the La Liga and Champions League holders are looking to unsettle players all over again. Given the recent punishment handed out to Chelsea I would have hoped that this type of ‘tapping-up’ would be curbed, I was wrong.
Javier Mascherano was clearly slightly tempted by the moves made for him by the Spanish giants and it took some strong words from Rafa Benitez to nip the approach in the bud but it doesn’t surprise me that this has all kicked off again. The fact that Txiki Begiristain is also after Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas implies he is a man under pressure to give the impression that the club will be able financially to keep up with the big spending Real Madrid, when in all likelihood they can’t.
If I were Rafa Benitez I would report the Catalan side at the earliest opportunity!