Will Anfield boss be given funds from Barcelona exit to reinvest in his squad?
WITH it looking increasingly likely that their want-away holding man Javier Mascherano will join Barcelona in the non-to-distant future, it seems that Liverpool are already drawing up planso fritter away their imminent £18 million windfall.
Word on rumour street is that a £6 million slice of the Masch cash is being put aside to fund a move for West Ham target man Carlton Cole, with a further £6 million to be offered in various performance-related clauses – lets just hope that they don’t concern penalty conversion rates for Carlton’s sake.
A further £7 million has been earmarked for the acquisition of Marseille’s stroppy winger Hatem Ben Arfa, who refused to train for the French side after finding out that they’d blocked his move to Newcastle United a few weeks back.
The third and final name in the prospective triumvirate is a little more meat-and-potatoes, with ‘Pool boss Roy Hodgson apparently lining up former Fulham charge Dickson Etuhu as the man he wants to step into the Mascherano-shaped void about to be left in his midfield, although the recent arrival of erstwhile Danish anchor Christian Poulsen may suggest otherwise. (Who Ate All The Pies)
It seems, according to many journalists anyway, that if Javier Mascherano does move to Barcelona that Roy Hodgson will then be like a kid in a candy shop, spending the cash on a number of new Anfield arrivals, however the reality may be that the Merseyside club’s owners may take the lions share of the transfer to cover interest on debts the club has accrued since Tom Hicks and George Gillett arrived at the club.
Of the three players named perhaps Dickson Etuhu is the most likely to actually come to fruition as he would clearly be a like for like replacement for Mascherano, albeit the Fulham man is in an entirely different league to the Argentine captain.
Carlton Cole has continuously linked with a move away from Upton Park without any deal seeming to take form. West Ham are not going to sell the former Chelsea man on the cheap and the likes of Stoke City and Sunderland have distanced themselves from such a move due to the valuation placed on the England international forward.
Hatem Ben Arfa is a long shot but he is at least almost certain to leave Marseille who are unhappy with the manner in which the French international playmaker has conducted himself over a prospective move to Newcastle United that never took shape.