Liverpool transfers: ‘Javier Mascherano wanted by Napoli’

Liverpool transfers: Napoli want to sign Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano, according to the midfielder's agent

Barcelona duo Javier Mascherano and Pedro Photo: Javier Mascherano/Twitter

Javier Mascherano is wanted by Napoli manager Rafael Benitez, according to the Barcelona midfielder’s agent.

The Argentina international has been linked with a £9m switch to former club Liverpool in recent weeks as Brendan Rodgers attempts to strengthen his squad for the Champions League next season.

Mascherano was part of the Liverpool squad which lost to AC Milan in the Champions League final in 2007 before finishing second in the Premier League title race in 2009 under Spanish manager Benitez.

And the 29-year-old’s agent claimed that Napoli boss Benitez is keen to pip his old club Liverpool to the South American defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window amid reports Mascherano will leave Barcelona.

“Benitez would like Mascherano and he’s evaluating different options to try signing him,” Bernardo Bovarone told Napoli-based Radio CRC.

“Why does he want to leave Barcelona? The club told him he won’t play in the middle of the park, so when choosing his next destination, that will be a fundamental thing.
“Mascherano feels he is a midfielder and wishes to play in that role.”

Mascherano scored two goals in 139 appearances for Liverpool.

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