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Barcelona open to offers for Javier Mascherano


Guillem Balague is reporting that Barcelona are open to offers for former Liverpool man Javier Mascherano, which could put Liverpool and Arsenal on red alert.

Mascherano joined Barcelona a few years ago from Liverpool, and has played regularly for Barça since, primarily in the centre of defence. Luis Enrique’s arrival has apparently called an end to his time at the Nou Camp, however, with Los Blaugranas seeking to move him on. At times this season, his unnaturalness in defence has been obvious, with the Catalan side regularly shipping goals against the weaker sides in the league.

Arsenal could see Mascherano as the answer to a problematic situation which could see several defensive minded players leave the club.

Barcelona are also apparently open to offers for Dani Alves, Adriano, Alexis Sanchez (who scored a world class strike against Atletico at the weekend) and Pedro, who is one of few players to emerge from their season with credit.

Arsenal and Liverpool track James Milner


James Milner’s sudden desire to leave Manchester City has put both Arsenal and Liverpool on alert, with both sides expressing an interest in the England international, according to The Times. His desire to move stems from him finding himself on the fringes of the first team this season, with Pellegrini favouring other players to him.

With UEFA tightening their restrictions on City next season, including a need for eight homegrown talents in their shrunken 21-man Champions League squad, City are not particularly keen to lose a player who has developed into an incredibly versatile asset in the City squad.

Liverpool have lacked a player of Milner’s style in midfield, and this was symbolised by the manner in which they were repeatedly overrun after the sending off and subsequent suspension of Jordan Henderson during their clash with City.

Milner will take part in England’s World Cup efforts this summer. He is highly rated by manager Roy Hodgson, but Hodgson would find Milner’s selection ahead of other players who’ve played more football criticised.

Three Italy-based stars Arsenal should consider


Arsenal have managed another top four finish, and could even win a trophy before the season is out, managing something they have not since 2005. That said, their collapse in the second half of the season should worry fans, and recruitment is clearly paramount.

With this in mind, here are some talents Arsenal should be looking at. Italy is a relatively under exploited hinterland for Premier League sides, and all of the names featured below would probably be undervalued should Arsenal make a move for them in the summer.

Domenico Berardi

Berardi began his career at Sassuolo and is currently on loan there from Juventus. 19 years of age, the talented Italian is comfortable operating anywhere along the front line, but generally plays as a right winger, an area where Arsenal lack genuine options apart from Theo Walcott. His record of 16 goals in 27 games this season doesn’t tell the whole story.

He has the ability to utterly define a game. Last night, for example, he scored a first half hat trick against Fiorentina before setting up a fourth. He also scored four against AC Milan earlier this season. This is not all; Berardi’s immense record comes at a side who have struggled hugely this season. With youth on his side, an investment of around £10m could capture a player with bags of potential. Juventus, however, may be reluctant to sell.

Mauro Icardi

Icardi runs the risk of becoming more famous for his relationship than his on the field talent, but do not disregard that talent. The Argentinian is a natural goalscorer, the sort of player Arsenal have missed in recent years. He’s also a complete alternative to Giroud, blessed with a touch of pace.

Inter Milan seem keen to sign a star like Edin Dzeko or Fernando Torres this summer, and so Icardi could be sold for far less than his actual value. At 21-years-old, Icardi is definitely worth the minimal risk required to bring him in.

Lorenzo Insigne

His brace in the Coppa Italia at the weekend quite simply showed what this talented player can do. After the departure of Ezequiel Lavezzi, Insigne has filled the hole with aplomb. Pacey and with an eye for goal, Insigne is exactly the sort of direct player Arsenal have lacked, able to change a game in a moment.

Insigne would give Arsenal another option in an area they’ve lacked them, a quality left sided inside forward. Given that he is not yet a fully established star, this summer may be be last time he can be bought before his value skyrockets.