Mascherano pens Barcelona extension

Barcelona have announced that Javier Mascherano has officially signed a new contract with the club until 2016.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Diarra happy in defence

Frenchman Lassana Diarra has rubbished reports that he does not want to play at right-back for Real Madrid.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Are Liverpool now a selling club?

It’s been acknowledged this summer that the Liverpool squad needs a major reshape.

At the moment though the transfer rumours regarding Liverpool seem to be all about players exiting the club, rather than arriving.

Sales

This summer Liverpool have already parted company with attackers Dirk Kuyt and Maxi Rodriguez.

The Reds also let perennially injured Fabio Aurelio leave the club. Rodriguez and Kuyt were more than useful players and there is no sign of them being replaced.

Leaving?

It seems that half of the Liverpool squad is being linked with moves away from Merseyside at the moment. I’m sure that’s not the sort of transfer activity Liverpool fans hoped for this summer. Here are just a few players being linked with a move away from Anfield this summer:

Daniel Agger

Manchester City have had two bids turned down for the Danish centre-back, according to Sky Sports reports. Those bids were believed to be £13million and £16million. The Citizens are now considering whether to come back in with a bigger bid.

Spanish giants Barcelona are also interested in signing the defender. Agger seems to be interested in a move away from the Reds, as he could win silverware and up his wage in Manchester and the Catalan capital.

Martin Skrtel

Agger’s central defensive partner from last season is also believed to be attracting interest from Manchester City. Obviously City won’t sign both of the defenders, but rumours persist that the Champions are interesting in signing the Slovakian defender.

Should a move for Agger fail, then City could revive their interest in the big centre-back. The 27 year-old’s agent revealed earlier this month that other clubs are interested in his services and there are no guarantees that he will stay at Anfield this summer. Boss Brendan Rodgers has stated that he will fight to keep the defender on Merseyside.

Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll is regarded as one of the most expensive flops in the history of British football. He arrived at Liverpool for £35million from Newcastle in January 2011 and has struggled to find his best form. However, towards the end of last season he started to look like a threat to defences.

Carroll is just 23 years-old and still has time to develop into a really good Premier League striker. However, at the moment it doesn’t look like that will be at Anfield. Reds boss Rodgers has already stated that Carroll doesn’t fit into the style of play, but he still thinks Carroll’s a good player.

West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for the striker. The Hammers were reported to have offered to take the striker on-loan for the season, with a view to a permanent transfer next summer. However, the England international is believed to only be interested in a move to a club that has European football next season.

His hometown Newcastle United have also shown an interest and they could offer him European football. He thrived at Newcastle and a loan spell back in the North East could be just the confidence lift he needs to lift his career.

It seems that Liverpool would prefer a permanent move, as they need the funds to strengthen their squad.

Signings

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers needs to sell before he can buy. Swansea midfielder Joe Allen is at the top of his wish list. The fee that the Swans are likely to demand is £15million and that’s a lot of money for a player with just one season of Premier League football under his belt, albeit a good one.

Fulham attacker Clint Dempsey has also been heavily linked with the Reds. The American international has been linked with a £10million move to the Reds. He could prove a very good signing, but Fulham are reluctant to let him leave, despite the fact that he is now in the last year of his contract.

Struggle

If Liverpool have to sell to buy then they really are in trouble for next season. The players that are being linked with a move away are not the players that disappointed last season, except for Carroll at times.

Liverpool need to sell their dead wood, not their best players. Unfortunately it seems nobody is interested in signing their underachievers, just their stars. If Liverpool sell the likes of Agger or Skrtel this summer the Reds will fall even further behind the top sides next season and they really can’t afford to.

Are Liverpool now a selling club?

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Baxter praises Kaizer duo

Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter singled out Abia Nale and Tefu Mashamaite for praise despite the weekend cup defeat.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Rubin’s Bocchetti drops Juventus hint

Rubin Kazan defender Salvatore Bocchetti admits he would be interested in a move to Juventus.

The 25-year-old has been on Juve’s radar for quite a while now and the Bianconeri are tipped to make a move this summer.

Given that he has just one year left on his deal with the Russian Premier League club, this would be a perfect opportunity for Juventus to try and get their man.

Even the player himself confesses that he is hoping to join the reigning Serie A champions.

“Hearing that Juventus are again interested in me makes me very happy,” the defender told Tuttosport. “It’s not the first time, but maybe this time…

“Juventus would clearly be an excellent opportunity for my career and my agent is keeping me informed on everything.”

The Old Lady are likely to try and sign Bocchetti if centre-back Leonardo Bonucci receives a ban for his involvement in the match-fixing scandal.

Bocchetti already has some Serie A experience, having spent two seasons at Genoa before making a €9.5 million move to Rubin Kazan.

The player has enjoyed a great start to his career in Russia, scoring 7 goals in 39 league games.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Voronin returns to Bundesliga

Dinamo Moscow forward Andriy Voronin has been loaned to Fortuna Dusseldorf, the Russian club have announced.

The 33-year-old, who made a name for himself at Bayer Leverkusen, returns to Bundesliga following stints at Liverpool and Dinamo Moscow.

Voronin has managed to resurrect his playing career in Russia, after a disappointing spell at Anfield and scored 15 goals in 63 Russian Premier League games for Dinamo.

However, he was deemed surplus to requirements this summer and decided to accept an offer from the newly promoted Bundesliga side.

“I am very happy. I had some offers, but Fortuna was the first choice,” Voronin said to Bild.

“Germany is my second home and Bundesliga is one of the best leagues in the world.”

Vorinin has retired from international football on the back of a disappointing performance at the 2012 European Championship, meaning he will now be able to full focus on his club career.

His new club have been very active in the summer transfer window, having signed no less than 16 players already.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Bayern set for big season

Two finals, two losses.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Benfica to sign Eduardo Salvio

Benfica have reached an agreement to sign Atletico Madrid forward Eduardo Salvio, according to AS.

The Spanish newspaper reports that the two clubs have agreed on the transfer fee, while the player’s agent Agustin Jimenez trashed out personal terms with the Portuguese club.

Salvio will undergo a medical at Estadio de Luz on Wednesday before signing a long-term deal with the Eagles.

The highly rated winger joined Atletico Madrid in a €10 million deal from Lanus in January 2010 and he scored 2 goals in 13 La Liga games during his first six months at the club.

The player was then loaned to Benfica, where he impressed the club chiefs by scoring 4 goals in 19 league games.

The Eagles have attempted to bring him back to the club ever since his loan stint ended and it appears they have finally succeeded in their quest.

With both Nicolas Gaitan and Oscar Cardozo nearing the exit door, the Argentine will be a great addition to Jorge Jesus’ squad.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Friedel hints at retirement

Tottenham goalkeeper Brad Friedel will retire at the end of the season if he feels he cannot play in the Premier League any longer.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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Villa chief blasts sale talk

Aston Villa chief executive Paul Faulkner has dismissed reports suggesting owner Randy Lerner is preparing to sell the club.

Tue 31 July, 2012
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