Wednesday August 5 2015
‘Mascherano wants Italy’

Javier Mascherano ‘would like an experience with a big Italian club’, his intermediary on the peninsula reveals.

The Barcelona midfielder, who has also been deployed in the centre of defence, has been linked with Juventus, despite having a contract until 2018.

Now Tuttosport is running an interview with Gustavo Mascardi, claimed to be the Argentine’s intermediary in Italy, who says the 31-year-old would like to move to Serie A.

“Mascherano would like an experience with a big Italian club,” Mascardi told the newspaper.

“In recent weeks I’ve talked with Mascherano and [Walter] Tamer, one of this agents. They asked me to try and find a big Serie A team, because Javier would like to end his European career by winning with an Italian club.

“There aren’t any problems with Barcelona, he’s a leader there. It’s simply that Mascherano, as with many Argentines his age, grew up following the Italian League, and after playing in England and winning everything in Spain, he’d be fascinated by an adventure in Italy.

“It’s not a money thing, he’s already rejected offers from the rich teams in the Premier League and Ligue 1.

“Javier has a great relationship with Barcelona’s chairman, so he’s confident that if he gets an important offer from Serie A he wouldn’t be held back since he’s given his all to Barça.

“If not, he’ll continue to fight as always for Barça.”

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