Chelsea linked with Mascherano move

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Updated: July 22, 2011

According to reports on Fanatix, Chelsea looks set to make a surprise move for former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

The Catalan club are reportedly prepared to offload the Argentine international as they look to raise funds for the signing of Cesc Fabregas and are willing to consider offers for the 27 year old.

The tough tackling midfield has struggled to hold down a regular spot at the Nou Camp following his move from Liverpool last summer with Pep Guardiola preferring Sergio Busquets as his defensive midfielder. That had led to Mascherano often featuring in defence, as he did in the Champions League Final against Man United.

Juventus are also interested in Mascherano and are set to rival any Blues bid which is believed could be in the region of £16m bid.

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