Reports in Spain are claiming Arsenal and Napoli may be allowed to sign Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano in the January transfer window. Arsenal were reportedly interested in signing the player on the last day of the transfer window but were turned down by Barcelona.
To further buttress the reports, Barcelona coach Tata Martino was quoted as saying : “Javier dos not fully understand his role in the Blaugrana project. His departure in January is a possibility,”.
“He could leave in the next transfer window.”
Although Rafa Benitez under who Mascherano played at Liverpool is also interested, it is been reported that the player wants a return to the Premier league and Arsenal are his choice. Should Wenger be able to match his wage demands, it is believed he will sign for Arsenal in the January transfer window.
Should he join Arsenal, he can get to play in the centre of the defense or battle out with Flamini and Arteta for a starting shirt in his preferred defensive midfield role.