Barcelona offer £22m for Mascherano

More bad news for Liverpool fans it seems with rumours that Reds midfielder Javier Mascherano is unhappy at the club and could be set for a summer move to European Champions Barcelona.

Earlier this week it became clear that Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez will have just £20m to spend on new players during the summer following the revelations about the financial woes of the club's American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillett.

The loss of Mascherano, however, would be a hammer blow to Liverpool's attempts to build on the form that they showed last season. According to the Daily Mail, Pep Guardiola has been in contact with the Reds over a possible £22m deal to bring the Argentina captain to the Nou Camp.

While Mascherano recently spoke about his happiness at Liverpool, the Mail reports that the midfielder's wife has failed to settle on Merseyside which could result in the 27-year-old moving to La Liga.

Benitez has already missed out on his number one transfer target, Gareth Barry, who decided to join Manchester City instead, and it now looks as if David Silva, another Liverpool target, is set to snub the Premier League club and join Real Madrid.

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