Transfer Ticker: Mascherano wants Barca, Marseille lands Heinze and more

Transfer Ticker: Mascherano wants Barca, Marseille lands Heinze and more

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Transfer Ticker: Mascherano wants Barca, Marseille lands Heinze and more

Javier Mascherano (ISIphotos.com)

by GIANFRANCO PANIZO

Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano has become the latest superstar to want a move away from the Premiership in favor of La Liga.

On Thursday, Mascherano's brother Sebastian claimed that the Argentine midfielder desires to play with Barcelona, citing the idea of playing daily with compatriot Leo Messi is an appealing one.

Mascherano, who is reportedly fed up with life in England, has also made it no secret this summer that he would like to play for the European champions.

The Mascherano statement comes on the same day that fellow Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso requested a transfer request to join the revolution at Real Madrid.

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Madrid deal Heinze to Marseille

Real Madrid has made a move, and they are surprisingly not overpaying for a player.

Madrid has off-loaded some of its surplus talent, agreeing to terms with Marseille for Argentine defender Gabriel Heinze. According to the Marseille's website, Heinze will undergo a medical before completing a three-year deal with the club.

Heinze joined Real Madrid from Manchester United in 2007, but failed to live up to high expectations. Heinze is being looked at by Marseille coach Didier Deschamps as a way to shore up Marseille's backline to challenge for the French league title this season.

Hleb loaned to Stuttgart, not Inter

Alexander Hleb won't be joining Inter MIlan after all.

Instead, the Barcelona midfielder will be joining VfB Stuttgart on a one-year loan. The Belarus international was expected to join Inter as part of the Ibrahimovic-Eto'o swap, but he snubbed a move to Serie A in favor of the German Bundesliga.

Hleb previously had a stint with Stuttgart, playing with the club from 2000-2005.

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What do you think of Mascherano possibly joining Barcelona? Think Heinze can resurrect his career in France? Would Hleb have been better off with Inter Milan?

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