Roy Hodgson’s Reds revolution gathers pace as Liverpool land Christian Poulsen in £4.5m move from Juventus

August 12th, 2010

Christian Poulsen could end up replacing Javier Mascherano in the Liverpool midfield

Juventus this morning announced they had agreed a fee with Liverpool for the sale of Christian Poulsen to the Merseyside club.

Liverpool are in the market for a defensive midfielder with Javier Mascherano itching for a move away from the Barclays Premier League.

Poulsen is the man earmarked to replace him by new Reds boss Roy Hodgson and the transfer edged a step closer this morning with Juve confirming a fee had been agreed.

A statement on the Juve website read: ‘Juventus Football Club can announce that it has completed the agreement with Liverpool FC for the outright transfer of Christian Poulsen for a fee of £4.5m payable in two instalments

‘The fee will further increase by up to £990k depending on his achievements during the contract period.’

Poulsen, 30, knows Hodgson well, having first joined his FC Copenhagen side in 2000. His arrival will be seen a precursor to the departure of combative midfielder Mascherano.

Argentina’s captain asked Hodgson for a transfer on the day he returned to pre-season training after an extended break following the World Cup.

Mascherano is keen to be reunited with former Reds boss Rafael Benitez at Inter Milan, although the Serie A club appear unwilling to meet Liverpool’s £25m valuation.

Barcelona, who tried to sign Mascherano 12 months ago, are also believed to be interested in the 26-year-old having failed in their bid to sign Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas. Mascherano insists he has no problem with Liverpool but just fancies a change of lifestyle.

Speaking after Argentina’s 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland, he told Sky Sports: ‘The only thing I want to say is I don’t have nothing against the Liverpool supporters, the Liverpool people.

‘My problem is not to play for Liverpool. I’m very proud to play for Liverpool. It’s another thing.

‘I said to him (new Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson) that maybe for my life I prefer to change the country, not to change the club – that is the fact.

‘Sometimes you can see all the things that the papers or the press say, but at the end the only thing I can say is thank you to everyone in Liverpool because they supported me all the time, from the beginning until now.’

Source:daily mail

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