Decisions, decisions? Anfield ready to cash in on Argentine want-away midfielder as Roy Hodgson considers replacement options.
Javier Mascherano has reportedly told Liverpool he wants to leave the club following a meeting with new manager Roy Hodgson.
The Argentina midfielder returned for pre-season training on Monday after being given an extended break following his involvement at the World Cup finals.
Hodgson had previously admitted that he had been unable to contact the 26-year-old whilst on holiday, casting heavy doubts over whether he would stay at Anfield this season.
The Reds boss met with Mascherano and the player’s agent Walter Tamer to discuss his future and widespread reports claim the tough-tackling anchor man has expressed a wish to leave.
Inter Milan, now coached by former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, have been heavily linked with a £25million bid for Mascherano before the transfer window closes.
His representative Tamer has previously suggested a move to the European champions would be a ‘dream’ for Mascherano.
Any departure for Mascherano would leave Hodgson in need of a replacement and reports have claimed Sulley Muntari could be included in part exchange.
West Ham United’s influential midfielder Scott Parker has also been mooted as a potential target for Hodgson, who is keen to bolster his squad.
Mascherano joined Liverpool from the Hammers in January 2007 after just six months at Upton Park and he has made almost 140 appearances during his time on Merseyside. (Sky Sports)
Of these two scenarios I am pretty sure which one would be more amenable to Liverpool fans and it wouldn’t include Scott Parker, mainly because West Ham want £15m for the 29 year old, a wildly inflated valuation for a player who may well have had a decent season last term but is still not worth such a steep fee.
Javier Mascherano seems certain to leave as Roy Hodgson realises that there is little value in keeping an unhappy player at the club. Sulley Muntari is a good midfielder who has been very effective in Premier League football and offers the abilities of two types of midfielder in one. The Ghanaian is great at pushing forward and joining the attack and has the ability to track back and put in a good solid tackle.
Rafa Benitez wants to bring his former Argentine international to the San Siro but will have to make a worthwhile offer to convince the Anfield side of selling. The way Javier has treated the club in recent weeks is of course deplorable and not really the best way to reward the team that saved him from his stint at West Ham.
Liverpool fans, which would you prefer. Muntari and some cash or a bid for determined, if one dimensional, Scott Parker?