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Palacios or Mascherano for Barca?

About a week ago it was widely reported that Argentine skipper would leave Liverpool and join La Liga giants Barcelona. Of course, the departure of Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure from the Camp Nou has left a gaping hole in Barcelona’s talented midfield.

News emanating from Barcelona was they were set to sign Mascherano, although a recent snag has been hit in this ongoing process. However, the Anfield club is reportedly seeking an absurd amount of money to gain the services of the Argentinean. Liverpool is expected to snub offers up to £30million for Mascherano, forcing Pep Guardiola to look elsewhere for his man in the middle.

Recent rumors have pegged Guardiola analyzing tough Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios. Despite the struggles of his country in South Africa, Palacios stood out from the remainder of his team with some truly gutsy performances. The 25-year-old is currently under contract to the Tottenham Hotspur of the EPL, but is widely believed to be available for the right price.

Although Barcelona would surely prefer the more talented, and more experienced Mascherano, the current plight of Liverpool and their impending managerial decision has made it difficult to finalize transfers. Barcelona is looking to add to their team immediately in preparation for what they vow to be another dominant season both at home, and abroad.

Palacios has earned himself a reputation of being a hard-nosed, defensively consicious midfielder over the years for the Hotspur. He is credited as playing an instrumental role in Harry Redknapp’s side capturing a fourth-place finish in the EPL last season. Conveniently, Palacios has also expressed his desire to orchestrate a move elsewhere, as it’s widely believed he would prefer to play at a bigger club. And truthfully, there aren’t too many bigger than the grand stage of Barcelona at the Camp Nou.

Although Guardiola and the Barcelona management staff likely view Palacios as a cheaper alternative to Mascherano, it is still unknown as to what Tottenham expects for the Honduran. One thing is for certain, they will not relinquish his rights without a significant price tag. Despite his Honduran passport, Palacios remains a world-class talent that would be welcome on any of the major European sides. His inclination and willingness to perform all of the ‘dirty work’ within the midfield is a crucial element of football, and Palacios has thrived in performing these duties for years.