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Liverpool Set for £25m Midfielder Bid: What Should Rafa Do?

Worrying development in ongoing transfer saga!

The Rumour

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Rafa Benitez’s transfer plans could be thrown into chaos by a £25million bid from Barcelona for Javier Mascherano.

The Champions League holders are refusing to give up their pursuit of the Liverpool midfielder and are ready to test Benitez’s resolve with a concrete offer.

Sources close to the Argentina international say he would be interested in speaking to Barcelona who are willing to hand him a huge pay rise from £25,000-a-week to over £80,000-a-week.

The £25m fee would help finance Benitez’s rebuilding work at Anfield, but he can’t afford to let Mascherano leave with Xabi Alonso set to join Real Madrid.

The Reds boss will rebuff any bid from Barca, although he may have to hand Mascherano improved terms to keep him happy.

The Source: (Daily Mirror)

The Analysis

So it appears Barcelona are set to stop the messing about and actually put a bid in for Javier Mascherano, which is sure to get short shrift from Rafa Benitez, but will the Argentine have his head turned by the prospect of such a move?

Liverpool fans will be hoping that their battling midfielder is intending to do an “Eto'” and simply use such speculation to get himself a better contract but there is a very real possibility that he may push for the move. His wife apparently doesn’t like life in England and fancies a move to Spain, why can’t Mascherano do a Vidic and simply ignore his missus and stick it out on Merseyside?

The Likelihood

Mascherano to Barcelona: Watch this space!

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