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Arsenal are considering making a surprise move for Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano with Cesc Fabregas going in the opposite direction, according to reports.
Mascherano moved to Barca at the start of the season but has found his first team opportunities hard to come by in the presence of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.
Having forced through the move from Liverpool, Mascherano is now frustrated and wants to move elsewhere if he cannot break into the Barca team.
With the Catalan side desperate to bring Arsenal skipper Fabregas back to Camp Nou, the Gunners have sensed an opportunity to replace him with a proven alternative.
With Denilson also on his way out of Arsenal, manager Arsene Wenger wants to add some more bite to his midfield and the former Anfield ace would be perfect.
Pep Guardiola will be desperate to use Mascherano as leverage to sign Fabregas but Arsenal will be reluctant to let their captain leave the Emirates Stadium. (Give Me Football – Official PFA Website)
This deal does not appear to make a great deal of sense and one wonders just how unlikely such a move would be. Barcelona only just signed Javier Mascherano from Liverpool a few months ago and whilst the Argentine has not managed to regularly break into the first team Pep Guardiola clearly purchased the battling midfielder for some purpose.
Arsenal too would be foolish to offer Cesc Fabregas to a side that they have fought off for the best part of two years. Arsene Wenger has no intention of selling the Spanish midfielder and even less likely to offer his captain in order to sign the former Liverpool man.
The north London club have some very good defensive midfield options of their own, with the likes of Alex Song and Denilson both capable of doing a very good job at stopping opposition attacks and if indeed the Gunners boss was going to bid for Mascherano he would offer cash rather than their most prized assset.
Likewise Barcelona will probably attempt again this summer to bring back their former youth team star and are reportedly ready to up their offer to £35m which is a tad more than the offer they had turned down last summer.
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