Latest reports which have emerged are claiming that Barcelona are closing in on Mascherano after a move to Inter fell through. Moratti has said that they are short of funds and our asking price is way too high. His Spanish representative, Horacio Zandonadi, said : “Javier likes the idea of joining Barcelona a lot. He didn’t renew his contract with Liverpool and the club have promised us that they’re willing to cooperate if a good offer comes in. The situation is quite different from last year’s situation.”
The deal might be done as early as Sunday but we have Poulsen coming in. He is a little old but he has vast experience after playing in Denmark, Spain, Germany and Italy. Also, Ibrahimovic doesn’t look like a part of Barcelona’s plans this season after they signed Villa from Valencia. It would be brilliant if we could get him in a swap deal, although it seems unlikely.