As featured on NewsNow: Football news

Guardiola tightlipped on Barcelona bid for Liverpool midfielder Mascherano

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola is tightlipped on their pursuit of Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Mascherano was left out of the Reds squad for their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Monday night and appears to be on the verge of a move to Barca.

And Guardiola admitted the Catalans are interested.

"I will speak about him when he's here - if he comes," the Barca coach said in a press conference on Tuesday.

Guardiola, however, refused to reveal whether a deal is close.

"You'll have to ask (sporting director Andoni) Zubizarreta," he said.

But the Barca coach did admit he is keen to sign a defensive midfielder before the transfer window closes, and says the signing of such a player would complete the team for the new season.

"If a defensive midfielder arrives the needs of the team will be resolved. If one arrives I will be satisfied," he said.

 Need your Liverpool news fix? Click here for all Reds news and transfer rumours.

Support Tribal Football with this great deal from our partners ExpressVPN. You get an extra three months free with the 12-month plan (a saving of 49%!). All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee if you change your mind. Click here to try now, risk-free for 30 days - and support Tribal Football in the process.

Video of the day:

About the author

Tribal Football Staff

Have your say

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

  1. Go Ad-Free
  2. Faster site experience
  3. Support great writing
  4. Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free

Subscribe and go ad-free

For only $10 a year

Subscribe now
Launch Offer: 2 months free