Anfield manager says he expects Javier to leave but is talk of Inter Milan interest just hot air? (hence image of player blowing up inflatable device).
Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson fears that he will be unable to persuade £25million-rated Javier Mascherano that he has a future at Anfield if the club receive a realistic offer.
The Argentina captain has told the Merseyside outfit’s hierarchy that he wants to end his stay, as speculation suggests that his family have become unhappy in England.
Mascherano, who was linked with Barcelona last summer, is himself thought to want to leave in order to follow former manager Rafa Benitez to Inter Milan and it was reported in July that the midfielder had started to learn the Italian language.
“If a big offer comes in for him and it is a club that he wants to go to, I think that will be harder.
“But the good thing for me at the moment is that we haven’t had that offer and as a result I can continue to work with him and deal with him as a Liverpool player and consider him as a Liverpool player and just wait for the day, if the day comes, when the offer comes in.
“Then maybe if the offer comes in and it was the offer that meets our valuation and he wants to go, then I don’t know that my powers of persuasion will be much good in that situation.
“But maybe they will never be needed because we might not get the offer and he might stay with us.” (Sky Sports)
Clearly the Argentine battler is trying to engineer an exit and is hoping that former Anfield boss Rafa Benitez wants to bring him to the San Siro however if the Inter Milan boss isn’t in fact angling for a move for the defensive midfielder then it may well turn out that Mascherano has to beat an embarrassing retreat.
Roy Hodgson is a wily old fox and he knows that whilst the player may well want to leave the club he won’t allow the talented determined performer to leave for anything less than his market value that seems to be fairly valued at around the £25m mark.
It would be wise for Javier to buckle down and get himself fit and raring to go for the new season regardless of where he may end up because his attempts to force the club into allowing him to leave can only be successful if someone actually makes a worthwhile offer and if they don’t then the 26 year old may have a hard time of it back on Merseyside when the Premier League season gets under way.