It is reported that agents acting for the Spanish giants have agreed personal terms with Mascherano’s representatives in readiness for the big- money move.
And Liverpool have told Barcelona in no uncertain terms just how much they say the Argentina star, 25, is worth after becoming resigned to losing Mascherano next summer.
Boss Rafa Benitez had already met his midfi eld maestro to begin talks on a new contract extension in line with all his major stars like Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres.
But it was clear from those early discussions that Mascherano, although committing himself to the Liverpool cause, clearly had his mind set on an exit after a summer of transfer speculation.
That point became abundantly clear when Mascherano announced publicly that he already had a Liverpool deal and wasn’t interested about talks on a fresh one.
He said then: “I’m not asking about a new contract. I have never asked for a new deal. “I read reports about talks and that I was asking for one but I didn’t.Now the scene is set for Benitez to expect his historic windfall which will obviously offset the lost revenue if Liverpool crash out of the Champions League.
“I already have a contract with Liverpool and I try to give my best for the club. I don’t want to talk any more about a contract or Barcelona.”
Meanwhile, Dutch winger Ryan Babel, 22, insists he is not looking to quit the Kop. Babel, said: “Liverpool are a very good team and I’m proud to be part of Liverpool.”
KOMEN : Banyak betol modal Barca nak beli Marsher. Kalau jadi memang berbaloi2. Rafa boleh David Villa lepas ni. Tak pun beli balik Alonso :)