Liverpool line-up bid for Argentina ace

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Liverpool could replace outbound midfielder Javier Mascherano with international team-mate Mario Bolatti, according to reports.

Mascherano has made no secret of his desire to leave Anfield, and is expected to complete a £30 million move to either Inter Milan or Barcelona.

This will leave Reds boss Roy Hodgson with a void in the centre of his midfield, and Argentinian newspaper Ole suggests that he views Bolatti as an ideal replacement.

The 25-year-old joined Italian side Fiorentina in the January transfer window and went on to play for his country during the World Cup in the summer.

He is a versatile midfielder; comfortable as a holding player or in a more advanced role.

However, any move for the ex-Porto man would be subject to the Merseysiders failing to complete a move for Denmark international Christian Poulsen - a deal which is reliant on Mascherano securing a move abroad.

But Poulsen's agent said earlier this week that he expected a deal to be concluded soon.

Jorn Bonnesen said: "It won't take more than a week before this is sorted out. It might even be at the beginning of the week. Christian is Roy's man. He will be playing as a defensive midfielder."

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