Anfield side hopeful that Nou Camp outfit will meet valuation.
Liverpool have told Barcelona that they want £24.5 million in cash for Javier Mascherano after rejecting the Spanish club’s opening player exchange offer.
Despite reports that Barca’s opening bid was £12m, Goal.com UK understands that the Primera Division champions offered £18.8m plus Alexander Hleb for the 26-year-old Argentine.
But Liverpool are adamant that they do not want a player-plus-cash deal and will only consider a straight cash offer for the midfielder.
Barcelona are expected to return with a second, improved bid in the next 48 hours as they close in on a transfer that they hope to complete by the end of the week. It is understood that the player has already agreed personal terms with the Catalan giants. (Goal.com)
Roy Hodgson had no option than to withdraw Javier Mascherano from his Manchester City fixture starting line up, not after the player pretty much refused to play and it is in the interests of all parties that a deal is swiftly resolved. This source seems to believe that Barcelona will come back with an improved offer for the player but I wouldn’t be so sure.
These are pretty standard tactics from the Catalan giants and I expect a few more twists and turns before the Anfield outfit get what they deserve for the Argentine international skipper.