Javier Mascherano could be the latest player to leave Liverpool for La Liga after the player’s brother said he wanted a move to Barcelona.
After Xabi Alonso reportedly submitted a transfer request in his bid to secure a move to Real Madrid, Mascherano’s brother now claims the Argentine wants to move to their biggest rivals.
Sebastian Mascherano told Spain’s COM Radio: “If Barcelona really come with a very good cash offer, I believe Javier may leave Liverpool as it would be the best for him and his family.
“But I think that if there is no good offer, they will not let him go.”
Mascherano’s agent Walter Tamer revealed last week the 25-year-old is ‘tired of life’ in England with the Spanish and European champions side his preferred destination.
Now the player’s brother has claimed Mascherano is keen to link up with fellow countryman Lionel Messi.
“I am sure Messi and Javier have spoken,” he said. “Leo is one of the people who have been pushing the most for Javier to play at Barca.”
Earlier this week, Barcelona vice-president of sport Rafael Yuste, confirmed the club’s admiration for Mascherano.
“I can confirm that Javier Mascherano is a fantastic player that personally I like a lot,” he told Sky Sports News. “But we have not listed [him].
“We have a lot of players who want to come to Barcelona. Mascherano is a fantastic player, of course, but he is today at Liverpool and he’s playing very well.
“The future we cannot predict. He’s a nice player – yes.”