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.”