Anfield boss closing in on Mali international.
Liverpool are in talks with Real Madrid over the transfer of midfielder Mahamadou Diarra , according to a report in Spain.
According to Spanish daily AS, “An emissary on behalf of Real Madrid is negotiating the transfer of Mahamadou Diarra to Liverpool.”
Although the 29-year-old has a season left on his contract, Real Madrid are willing to let him leave as Jose Mourinho looks to trim his squad.
Diarra has only a year left on his Bernabeu contract and so Real are open to offers in order to cash in now before he becomes available for free.
Diarra’s agent, Frederic Guerra already indicated that the player would like to move to England, saying recently “Mahmadou is still a top player and he can do a great job in the Premier League. There is a lot of interest.”
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has already recently signed Danish midfielder Christian Poulsen , but with Javier Mascherano seemingly set to leave Anfield, there could be room for another midfielder such as Diarra. (IMScouting)
I would welcome the purchase of Mahamadou Diarra and clearly this is yet more evidence that Roy Hodgson is working hard to make the most of a very strict budget. The 29 year old Mali international is a quality player but has no chance of making it at the Bernabeu as Jose Mourinho brings in even more Galaticos.
Anyone doubting Diarra’s ability should remember that the former Lyon man collected six successive domestic titles first with four Ligue 1 triumphs in France followed by two successive La Liga titles with Real Madrid, that doesn’t come easily. The battling midfielder is a class act and the kind of clean up operator who snuffs out attacking forays with ease and a minimum of fuss and is for me the perfect replacement for Javier Mascherano.
Hodgson has already been at pains to point out that Christian Poulsen is not a like for like change for the seemingly outgoing Argentine, but Mahamadou would be. He will cost about £6m to sign now rather than wait until the end of the season for nothing, its worth stacking up the cash now rather than lose the player to some ridiculous salary offer from the likes of Man City.