'Mascherano wants Premier League return' - A Liverpool return?

Javier Mascherano

Javier Mascherano is angling for a return to England, per Bernardo Brovarone.

There are plenty of Liverpool fans out there still heartbroken from Javier Mascherano’s acrimonious August 2010 departure.

The Argentine destroyer has enjoyed plenty of success during his three seasons at Barcelona, twice winning La Liga and claiming the Copa del Rey and Champions League crown once each.

Traditionally a hard-nosed presence in midfield, Mascherano has been reinvented as a centre-back at Camp Nou - for which he’s won acclaim from around Europe.

But the 29-year-old’s versatility has reportedly drawn the attention of his former boss at Liverpool, Rafa Benitez, now head coach of Napoli.

And the Spaniard has been said to be hot on the trail of his one-time charge at Anfield, the Italian press claiming Mascherano to be amenable to leaving Barcelona.

Just not for Italy, that is. According to Bernardo Brovarone, the Italian representative for Walter Tamer - Mascherano’s agent - the ex-Red has already rebuffed Napoli’s advances.

“Mascherano turned down Napoli three months ago because he wants to go back to the Premier League,” Brovarone told Radio CRC.

“The boy’s intentions were clear: he wants the Premier League.”

Barcelona’s transfer ban has now been suspended, meaning the chance Mascherano could be on the move this summer has been boosted.

And with Brovarone’s contention, the question now is where in England would the Argentine go?

Interestingly enough, Liverpool spring to mind first as a club that could well use his services.

For their brilliant attacking play, Brendan Rodgers’ side have leaked goals and Mascherano’s ability to slot in as a defensive midfielder or centre-back would help immensely.

An Anfield return would mean burying the recent past, however, and it’s uncertain if the wounds of Mascherano’s departure have healed to the point where coming back would be considered.

As can be seen, Masherano is confronted by a conundrum of sorts if does indeed yearn to move back to England.

Napoli looked the safest option for Mascherano. He would be reunited with his former boss and be presented a new challenge in a fresh environment.

But according to Brovarone, the former Liverpool favourite has made up his mind to pass on the San Paolo - and now will have some personal decisions to make if Barcelona agree to let him leave for the Premier League this summer.

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