Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson says the difference between Barcelona’s offer for Javier Mascherano and the Premier League club’s valuation of the Argentina captain is significant, and indicated a transfer may not occur.
Mascherano wants to leave Liverpool and wasn’t in the team that lost 3-0 at Manchester City in the Premier League on Monday.
"Javier isn’t in the right frame of mind at the moment to play – his head has obviously been turned by the offer from Barcelona," Hodgson said. "But unfortunately, at the moment, the fee that the club thinks is the correct fee and the fee that is being offered is very far apart. Unless that can be resolved he might be unhappy for a long time to come …
"We have quite a lot of clubs at the moment suffering from players being courted by other clubs and players therefore being unhappy at being required to fulfill their contracts. It has happened to us now. This matter has developed over the last three days."
Hodgson said he doesn’t want Mascherano to be sold.
Liverpool is searching for a new owner to clear its debts, but says it doesn’t need to sell its star players to raise funds.