Barcelona defender linked with Real Madrid

Barcelona defender linked with Real Madrid

Javier Mascherano
Javier Mascherano is assisted by a medic during the Spanish league Clasico Real Madrid vs Barcelona -PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images

Real Madrid are reportedly looking for a defensive midfielder to reinforce their squad next summer and one of the men they could be eyeing is Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano, Spanish website has suggested.

Zinedine Zidane believes the team needs midfielder with better defensive skills to complement Toni Kroos and Luka Modric. Casemiro could play that role but it seems like he has not convinced the new manager, who has only started him one since his arrival.

Paris Saint-Germain Marco Verratti has been rumoured to be Florentino Perez’s favourite to fill that gap in the squad. Yet, thinks might change if the Los Blancos president refuses to run for a re-election next summer.

Mascherano’s signing will be very complicated since he has a running contract with Barca until 2018 and his buy-out clause is 100 million euros. Real would need the player to reveal against his club and request a tranfer, which seems highly unlikely to happen.

Another option Real Madrid could be considering is Sevilla’s Grzegorz Krychowiak, a player that they have been eyeing since last summer. That option looks more plausible, although the Poland international is having injury problems which might cause Los Merengues to back out.


  1. Why is madrid always linked to barca players even when it’s obvious that such a thing is unlikely to happen.Pls giue us better news.