Thursday, 18 June 2009

Meeting on Mascherano in Barcelona

Catalan radio station RAC 1 claims that Barcelona officials met representatives of Liverpool defensive midfielder and Argentine international Javier Mascherano (25) yesterday.

The meeting took place in the Rey Juan Carlos I hotel in Barcelona and lasted from 5 to 7 pm. Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain and Barcelona director of football Raül Sanllehi, the player's agents Walter Tamer and Federico Vitali as well as an intermediary took part.

Mascherano is willing to join Barcelona and a deal between the player and the club will not be an obstacle. Barcelona could now use the wish of the Argetinian to put pressure on Liverpool, who nevertheless doesn't seem to have plans to let him go.

Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that Liverpool could be asking 30 million euro° for Mascherano, while Barcelona would only be ready to pay 20 million euro°. *British tabloid The Daily Mail claims that Barcelona will have to make a bid of 53 million euro° or include Barcelona defensive midfielder and Ivorian international Yaya Touré (26) in the deal.*

Read more:
Agent Mascherano in Barcelona for transfer talks
Barcelona looking at possible substitutes for Valdes
Barcelona contacts Liverpool on Benayoun


pep said...

30 million euro =

42 million us dollar
26 million british pound

20 million euro =

28 million us dollar
17 million british pound

NouBarca said...

17Mil for Masch? Well it depends on how many years he has left on his contact. He is a solid ball winner.

groga said...

If he comes, Touré will go, that seems obvious to me. Touré doesn't want to warm the bench for half of the games.

Aussie Barca Fan said...

I am seeing a straight swap with either Yaya or Eto'o on the cards. But I also just read that Eto'o is close to agree terms with Man City. I hope we can still keep Yaya and I think Masch would be a good addition for the right price.


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marko said...

I would love Masche. And mind you, Mascherano doesn't exclude Yaya as he can play CM without problems. Actually, before he came to us, he played attacking midfielder many times.
Getting Masche means we'll have a deeper midfield with great rotation possibilities.
DM: Mascherano, Yaya, Busquets
CM: Xavi, Iniesta, Yaya, Keita, Busquets, Thiago

skanjos said...

i can see a deal at 25,but guddy has to leave to bring some cash back 5-7mil.we have to sell to this year to bring replacments. mascherano is a great player and will help the team alot.we are focusing on dms alot.but dont forget that the players we have are very creative from busquets to yaya and keita.
i too think that mascherano will help yaya play more infront and that is his natural position,where he can create shoot and go for headers

Engineer said...

The Daily Mail in England is reporting that we have to offer a fee in excess of €50M for Mascherano as Rafael Benitez is not willing to part ways with him.

They are also mentioning a possiblity of a swap deal with Yaya Touré..

Don't you just love the crazy prices of players this season?

Thanks Madrid :p

pep said...

53 million euro =

74 million us dollar
45 million british pound

Engineer said...

You're quick, pep!

Anonymous said...

yes include each of our players in deal + cash. this is sooooo unlikely. barca won the cl, not liverpool, not inter, not arsenal, BARCA.

so our players are the best in the world. who would be so stupid to underrate the market value of the own players? surely not barca.

maybe in some days we will read:

"Ribery is about to join Barca. Barca is willing to pay 120 mio eur. Messi could be included in the deal to lower the fee."

that transfer window period really sucks!!!

pep said...

Not as quick as you, Engineer... ;)

Furymaker said...

I think the best option is to buy Mascherano and keep Yaya.But im 100% sure the price will not be 53mil. If we get Mascherano and keep Yaya we could rotate our game so
DMF is Mascherano
CMF is Xavi
AMF is Yaya(as Pep said his natural position)
In attack on left wing can play Iniesta
CF could be Etoo or Villa if we get him
and of course on right side Messi.
And half of season Keita , Yaya , Etoo will be playing for their national team so Mascherano will be the best option for the game.
And dont forget Busquets he could replace Xavi or Yaya .
With Mascherano we have a lot of option in middle.

My opinion . I prefer Mascherano rather then VILLA !
why ? cuz Etoo can play at same level or even higher then Villa ,Henry is still there , and Bojan if he dont go on load.They in barca should think about this one.

Engineer said...

Hehe, pep :)

By the way, I have a suggestion, I've thought about it a couple of times when I've seen the news posts with an update in them. It's hard to spot exactly where the updated text begins for me sometimes, maybe a small header that is colored in red/bold placed just above the updated portion?

pep said...

I tried something, the updated part is between the i-don't-know-how-you-call-those-things in red.

Sometimes it's not easy though, because you also have to change the earlier part, so then it's not really possible to clearly indicate were the updated part starts.

Thanks for the suggestion!

Ramzi said...

@Pep, He is "Engineering" the blog for free!

pep said...

It's also a time of crisis for the engineers...

Anonymous said...

this must be joke :) 53 mil. for mascherano is a good dream.he doesn't even worth 30 mil.and toure+cash should be awful.

Marws said...

Really hope we can get him. Mach and Villa/Ibra. Iniesta can play on the LW when needed and we'll still have Yaya, Busquets, Keita, Thiago who can take his place. And lets not forgett about Hleb who can play as CM aswell.

Anonymous said...

Somehow I doubt yaya will be there if masch arrives.The club may just be using this to pressure toure to sign new deal.If toure goes it will be a disaster.English opposition will walk all over barca.Hes unique a player with such size skill and pace.

lebanese said...

yes, we saw how man u walked all over barca with busquets-xavi-iniesta.

bees said...


Justin said...

May be in my dream

FC Bojan
FR Messi
FL Iniesta
MC Xavi
MC Fabregas
DM Busquets
DR Puyol
DL Muniesa
DC Pique
DC Botia
GK V. Valdez

Marc4barca said...

lol justin dream team seems unbeatable.

pep dont forget about that topic i told you bout.

i don't want mascherano unless he willing to play second fiddle to yaya.

pep said...

I meant I'll have it in a few weeks/months from now, Marc. My memory is not thàt bad...

Barca>madrid said...

F*** that they can keep him Yaya is way better for barca we dont need him

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