Cough up or forget about Masch – Roy

The Catalans have reportedly made a £12million offer for the
Argentina captain which may also include Alexander Hleb as a
makeweight. However, that falls way short of Liverpool’s estimation
of what the player, signed from West Ham for £18million
three-and-a-half years ago, is worth. Hodgson was forced to drop
the 26-year-old for Monday night’s 3-0 defeat at Manchester City
after admitting the player had been affected by the interest from
Spain. But the 62-year-old insists Mascherano will not be allowed
to leave for anything other than his full market value, which the
Anfield club believe is nearer £24million. “Unfortunately the
fee the club thinks is the correct fee and the fee we are being
offered are very far apart,” said the Englishman. “Unless that can
be resolved he might be unhappy for a long time to come. “But I
have no wish to create headlines over the Mascherano situation.
“The discussions between Barcelona and the club are being held at
high club level and as a result I don’t really want to get involved
in it. “It is not the first time these things have happened and
there are quite a lot of clubs suffering at the moment by their
players being courted by others and their players being unhappy at
being required to fulfil their contracts. “It has happened to us
now. Hopefully matters will get resolved, certainly before the end
of the transfer window and I’ll have a chance to pick him again,
but last night would not have been a good time to select him. “It
will happen, I guess, a day when the offer for him matches our
valuation, but until that day he stays with us.”