Liverpool have already rejected one approach by the Catalan giants for the 26-year-old midfielder, but it is believed Barcelona are now willing to make a second proposal which would see Alexander Hleb and Martin Caceres head to Anfield in exchange for the Argentine, along with a transfer fee.
The Anfield club are believed to want in the region of Ã‚Â£25m for the Argentina captain, but due to BarcelonaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s current financial situation it is unlikely the Spanish champions will meet the valuation in cash.
Officials in Catalonia believe they are in a strong position to negotiate a reasonable price for the midfielder thanks to his obvious desire to leave the club, which forced Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson to leave the 26-year-old out of the Reds squad which was beaten 3-0 by Manchester City on Monday.
Meanwhile, former Football League chairman Keith Harris has said he is representing a bidder seriously interested in taking control at Anfield, claiming the due diligence process has already been completed.
Harris has been involved in a number of different takeovers of Premier League clubs, including the acquisitions of West Ham, Aston Villa and Manchester City whilst also consulting for Chelsea during AbramovichÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s purchase of the club.
The 57-year-old also represented a Kuwaiti businessman, dubbed Ã¢â‚¬Å“The Man in the SandÃ¢â‚¬Â, who was unsuccessful in his attempts to end the reign of Tom Hicks and George Gillett at Anfield.
“The overseas buyer we represent has completed due diligence. A huge amount of work has been done,” Harris told the London Evening Standard.
“The ball is now in our client’s court to make an offer. I do not think the deal will be done before the transfer window closes this month but the next pressure point is October when some of the RBS loan of Ã‚Â£237m has to be repaid. It may happen then. But in the present climate these things are impossible to predict.”
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