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Benitez has given permission to Barca to make an offer for Javier Mascherano. That's all there is right now.
Rafa must be considering options if Mascherano, Alonso or Arbeloa are sold. There's talk in the press that trades would be considered. Negredo and Toure have been mentioned.
It doesn't matter how you look at it, losing either Alonso or Mascherano will weaken Liverpool's chances of an EPL title.
Who knows what's going on with these players. The fact that most of the talk is coming out of the Spanish press, and Masch is reported to be on a relativily low salary considering his current reputation and importance to the club, I'd say we should take this all with a pinch of salt.
I'd also seperate Arbeloa from Masch and Alonso. The lad only has a year left on his contract, and has just seen England's number 1 in his favored position join our squad. Considering he's now breaking into the Spanish national team, I can understand him maybe wanting to got back to Spain where he might get more playing time, and therefore a higher profile with the Spanish national coaches. I'd prefer him to sign a contract extension and stay, as he's a great back up not just for Johnson, who may need time to settle, but also anyone of the back 4 positions. Rafa can't guarantee him playing time, but I'm sure he'd get it if he stayed. But if he's to go, and we get decent money, good luck to him.
But Masch and Alonso are a little different. If they want away, just as others have said, I'd say let them go, so long as the buying club meet the asking price. Fair market value, and no hard feelings. It might hurt us in the short run, but so long as we get the right money we can look to cover the positions. I just hope we both stick to our guns on price, but also the two lads have a good hard think before making the decision. Masch could be a legend with us, we are the team that brough him out of this English nightmare at WHU, so I hope he understands he won't get any warmer embrace from fans than the one he gets from us.
Alonso on the otherhand was already establishing his reputation before he came to us, so may think Liverpool are just a stepping stone to glory back in Spain. While I can understand a lad wanting to spend his peak in his home country, he needs to understand Real Madrid may shine with gold, but that may not mean it will shine with silverware. So does he want to join a team of names, or does he want to stay with a "team".
But lastly, if this is just Barca, Madrid, and or agents just making waves....they can Pi$$ off!!
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Rafa did not treat Xabi well last summer, and deserves what is given by Xabi.
Masch's best mate, Tevez, is having a high profile move to City telling everybody about his new salary of 120K pw. If Masch is getting only 50K, how would he feel?
We have a merry-go-round type of player development policy in LFC. Except Gerrard and Carra, there is no one in the squad now really can call himself a true Red. We must establish a bagfull of foundation players to win trophies. Without Scholes, Giggs, Ferdinand, Neville, O'Shea and Fletcher, United could have never won the premiership.
Also to be considered is the fact that a fee of 25mil euros works out about the same fee as we paid for masch (as already mentioned) so no way should that offer be acceptedke.
Seeing as we plucked him from relative obscurity rotting away in west hams reserves i think he should show some loyalty and stay with the club. But I do think he deserves parity with the clubs other top playesr with regards to a wage rise.