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Chelsea clinch £10M agreement for Mascherano
tribalfootball.com - April 30, 2005

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Corinthians for midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The 22 year-old Argentina international wasn't scheduled to join the Brazilian giants until the summer from River Plate, but will now earn the club a massive £10 million without kicking a ball for them.

The Times says sources at Stamford Bridge revealed last night that an agreement had been reached with Corinthians over the signing of Mascherano.

The deal is certain to increase suspicions about links between Roman Abramovich and Corinthians, who have spent heavily since being taken over by a London-based consortium in mysterious circumstances this season.
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this would be a great signing and at 10 million not all that expensive. would be a good replacement to maka in the years to come.
 

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This was expected, wasnt it?
 

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no confirmation as of now...

Tribalfootball is unreliable.

Mascherano is much better than Gerrard IMO.
 

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yes i know it was rumoured but never actually confirmed untill now. yes tribal in unreliable although they dont actually claim many false transfers most of the rumours are about bids and so on.
 

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numerodix said:
For a moment there I thought it was true but it's just tribal.
it was originally from the Times.



Chelsea plan for life after the coronation
By Oliver Kay



BY THE time they leave the pitch away to Bolton Wanderers this evening, Chelsea expect to have been confirmed as champions of England for the first time in half a century, but any notion of resting on laurels was dismissed emphatically yesterday as they illustrated their long-term planning by lining up a deal for Javier Mascherano, the outstanding young Argentina midfield player, who will join them after next year’s World Cup finals.
Sources at Stamford Bridge revealed last night that an agreement had been reached with Corinthians over the signing of Mascherano, even though the 21-year-old is not scheduled to join the Brazilian club from River Plate until this summer. The deal is certain to increase suspicions about links between Roman Abramovich and Corinthians, who have spent heavily since being taken over by a London-based consortium in mysterious circumstances this season, but, for now, it is likely only to inspire fear at Arsenal and Manchester United, both of whom have been impressed by Mascherano’s development.



Chelsea’s success in securing the acquisition of Mascherano, who will command a transfer fee in excess of £10 million, will lessen the urgency of their pursuit of Steven Gerrard, but suggestions that they have dropped their interest in the Liverpool captain have been denied. It has emerged that José Mourinho has told his board that Mascherano is a better player and a more important target than Gerrard — whose commitment, taken for granted three weeks ago, they now consider less certain — but the England player remains high on Chelsea’s shopping list along with João Alves, a relatively obscure midfield player from Sporting Braga, of Portugal.

Nevertheless, reports that Mourinho had dropped his interest in Gerrard, saying he was “not worth” the proposed £30 million fee, were eagerly digested yesterday by Rafael Benítez, the Liverpool manager, particularly with regard to their European Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea at Anfield on Tuesday. “We want to prepare a good team for the future with Steven Gerrard,” Benítez said. “If he stays with us next season, we will be stronger. And if Chelsea say they don’t want him, maybe he will have a challenge to win trophies next Tuesday.”

Before they can contemplate Tuesday’s trip to Anfield, though, Chelsea are eager to pick up the victory that will secure the Premiership title at the Reebok Stadium tonight.

Their coronation was delayed by Arsenal’s victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday and Mourinho, though he has always expressed a preference for securing the championship on home soil, is eager to have the issue resolved before Tuesday’s second leg, which is why he is reluctant to rest too many of the players who looked tired in the 0-0 first-leg draw against Liverpool on Wednesday.


Sir Alex Ferguson stated with conviction yesterday that Chelsea would not secure the title at the Reebok Stadium — and not just because of his long-held theory that Mourinho’s team would “find it hard to win games in the North”. “They won’t win it tomorrow,” the Manchester United manager said. “I would imagine he (Mourinho) will play quite a few of his reserves.
“Irrespective of when they do it, they are worthy winners this season. It’s hard to win this league. It’s the hardest league in the world, I think, and, if you win it, you deserve credit.”

Ferguson also entered the debate over whether or not Liverpool should be admitted to the Champions League next season if they win the tournament but are beaten to fourth place in the Premiership by Everton.

The competition’s regulations appear to make provisions for such an outcome, saying that the fourth-placed team would drop into the Uefa Cup, but this course of action would have to be requested by the Football Association, whose Professional Game Board is expected to vote against it if the issue remains open after next week’s second leg against Chelsea. “I would have thought anyone who won the Champions League should go into it the next year,” Ferguson said. “It would be a pity if they didn’t.”
 

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makaay10 said:
no, it's bad for football. everything is about money now. i'm always for the team with a history and little money. such as auxerre, ajax, psv, enz.
How is it any differnt to Real Madrid or Manchester United?

Exacly the same.

Just taken it to another level.
 

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How is it any differnt to Real Madrid or Manchester United?

Exacly the same.

Just taken it to another level.
real and manu have a lot more history than chelsea. chelsea was an average team before abramovic came. they "bought" the league. i just don't like that.

and another point: how can a team with so much talent play so extremely boring. if they continue playing like this chelsea won't become popular. barca is popular because they play attractive offensive football.
 

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real and manu have a lot more history than chelsea. chelsea was an average team before abramovic came..
Who gives a Phuck?

they "bought" the league. i just don't like that.
Whos going to win Seria A and La Liga?

How much did Shevchenko, Rui Coasta, Inzaghi, Nesta, Ronaldinho, Deco, Eto, Guily cost?

and another point: how can a team with so much talent play so extremely boring. if they continue playing like this chelsea won't become popular. barca is popular because they play attractive offensive football
I love watching Chelsea. I think they are very good to watch.

I havent seen their recent games but ive seen most and its great. Barca being better to watch has nothing to do with my original question.
 

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Dannyd said:
What is going to happen to Parker now? I can see him being shipped out which is disapointing!
He's welcome at Melbourne Victory.

:shades:
 

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well Calciomercato.com reported this as well and it says that Mascherano will join Chelsea after the World Cup from Corithians


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and as for Chelsea's spending power, I think it's good for football. Sure they can buy anyplayer they want, but the prices they buy help bring in cash flows for other clubs who may be struggling and allowing htem to reinforce their clubs however they wish. The prices of the market haven't increased much, just Chelsea's purchasing power.
 

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oh come on! Every time when a good player is linked with Chelsea, people start talking crap like "well, they have lots of money so they gonna buy him..." or "football is all about the money nowadays...". Tell me whats so extraordinary in buyins a prospective south american player for £10 mill? Cant Man U afford £10 mill? Cant Arsenal? Or not to mention the other big european clubs...anyway, I would be thrilled if Mansherano sign with us!Something tells me that he would do great in Chelsea although we havent had much luck with Argentinians(or I believe he is from there...)
 

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South_Melbourne said:
How is it any differnt to Real Madrid or Manchester United?

Exacly the same.

Just taken it to another level.
Man Utd got there success through the youth system. Neville, Butt, Scholes, Giggs, Beckham ..
 

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South_Melbourne said:
Great, isnt it. :thmbup:
You truely are a fvcktard. How is having a monopoly of all the best players good for football? Why is it good having a team win the Double every year? This is terrible for competitive football.
 
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