Liverpool Consider Audacious £8m Move for Serie A Midfielder to Replace Outgoing Mascherano

Anfield boss looking to replace one Argentine with another?

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June 17, 2010 - Johannesburg, South Africa - epa02207075 Argentina coach Diego Maradona kisses mario Bolatti (L) on the head during the FIFA World Cup 2010 group B preliminary round match between Argentina and South Korea at the Soccer City stadium outside Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 June 2010.

Liverpool could swoop for Fiorentina’s Mario Bolatti as a replacement for Javier Mascherano, according to the Argentine press.

Bolatti, who played alongside Mascherano at the World Cup, only joined La Viola in January but reports in Argentine newspaper Ole claim Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson is keen to bring him to Anfield.
Hodgson has revealed he will ensure he has a replacement lined up before any of his top players leave and has been desperately seeking a holding midfielder after Mascherano announced he is looking to move on, with Inter Milan and Barcelona interested in his services.

Some sources have quoted the £8m rated Fiorentina man is actually at Anfield having a medical but I am not sure how reliable that information is. The towering 25 year old only moved to Florence in January but appears to be a player that Roy Hodgson has earmarked as a potential replacement for the outgoing Mascherano.

Although he may not be as much of a force as his international teammate, Bolatti is a steady determined performer and may be a longer term option than Christian Poulsen and could be a useful addition and the kind of player to add steel to the Liverpool midfield.

Bolatti is of course best remembered for scoring the crucial goal in qualifying that secured a place in World Cup Finals in South Africa.

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