In my previous post Gourcuff Pens Five Year Deal With Lyon, i mentioned the former Bordeaux player as one of the people who would feature in my top ten list of over rated players. Well, another would be Mascherano. No disrespect to any Liverpool fans but in all honesty the Argentine is given more credit than he is worth at least in my view.
Mascherano publicly declared his interest in leaving Anfield after the departure of boss Rafa Benitez to Inter Milan. Then, reports doing the rounds were ripe with rumours suggesting that he could follow Benitez to the San Siro.
However, things seem to have changed. The midfielder is now close to signing for Spanish champions Barcelona. Liverpool have apparently agreed on a fee of 16 million Euros with the Catalan giants with the option of it rising to 22 million Euros.
Mascherano’s deal could open the door for Brazilian star Robinho to join Milan. Robinho has been involved in a long protracted battle with his club Manchester City with a move away from Eastlands looking more and more real as the striker is yet to return to England despite his loan deal with Santos having come to an end in June.
Robinho has stated that a move toeither Spain or Italy would suite him. Now, if he were to move to Spain, then the only logical option would be to join Barcelona. However, the Catalans have more than enough firepower. In fact, they are thinking of selling some of their talent (Ibrahimovic).
I could not see Robinho moving to any other club other than Real or Barca. If he were to move to Italy then, Milan would be his end destination. Robinho has always been a fan of Ronaldinho. In an interview before the World Cup, Robinho made remarks to the effect that playing alongside Dinho is ‘fun’.
To miss the chance of being re-united with his fellow compatriot is an opportunity he would be crazy to ignore. Galliani could very well surprise the Milan faithful by buying a player who still has a long way to go. In fact, if the rumours are true, then many expect him to be the successor to Dinho.
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