Old Trafford boss keen on Nou Camp midfielder.
Sir Alex Ferguson will reportedly make an ambitious move to sign Barcelona star Javier Mascherano as he looks to bring in a defensive midfielder in January. The Argentine international has previously been linked with a move for the former Liverpool man and having seen the experienced battler consigned to the bench for the El Clasico encounter with Real Madrid on the weekend may feel that such an offer could be pulled off.
Last term the 27 year old midfielder played a strong role as the Catalan side swept all before them and Mascherano proved invaluable both in the centre of midfield and also filling in at centre back.
This season has seen the tough tackler playing most in the centre of defence as the likes of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique struggle with injuries but Pep Guardiola dropped Mascherano for the crucial trip to the Nou Camp and it remains to be seen whether in his preferred defensive midfield role whether he can supplant first choice starter Sergio Busquets, who perhaps most importantly is four years younger.
The Man United boss has been linked with a number of steely midfielders of late as it appears that his Old Trafford squad could do with an out an out combative presence in the centre of the park to help break down opposition advances. Ferguson’s defence has struggled for form and perhaps Mascherano’s ability to fill in at the back could interest the Scot.
Currently Sir Alex Ferguson has to count on the likes of Anderson, Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley to put in a defensive shift in but none of this quartet are known for their tackling prowess and all of these options are geared to moving the play forwards rather than for the aim of forcing the opposition back.
Mascherano moved from Anfield to the Nou Camp for a fee of around £22m back in August 2010 and it would take an offer of at least £25m to make Guardiola consider selling the versatile no nonsense Barcelona man and apparently that is a fee Ferguson is willing to fork out as he looks to get his side back on track.