Juventus targeting Liverpool’s Mascherano

Liverpool’s Javier Mascherano is arguably the best anchoring midfielder in Europe and it’s no surprise whatsoever that Italian giants Juventus are eager to import him. Italian newspapers are rife with the reports lining the Argentina international up with Juve and now Sky Sports has picked up the cue, too. With Liverpool still in two minds on whether to make the loan deal with West Ham United a permanent one or not, it appears the story could run for quite a number of days.

Juventus are looking for a defensive midfielder at the moment and aren’t worried about money. Mascherano has been on loan at Liverpool since January 2007 and although the player himself has stated that he is quite happy at Anfield and would like to continue his life as a Red, the Liverpool hierarchy is not certain on the £17million that they would have to spend to acquire the player on a permanent deal.

Juventus are also looking at racking up Liverpool’s out-of-favour defensive medio Mohamed Sissoko. Sissoko has been largely neglected this season and manager Rafael Benitez isn’t quite buoyant about the player. Sissoko himself has openly declared that he would be ready to leave Anfield should he get more chances at his new club and it appears that Juventus might just be able to get him.

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