Inter Milan boss Benitez confident prising Mascherano from Liverpool

Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez is quietly confident of landing Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

Inter Milan boss Rafa Benitez is quietly confident of landing Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

The Telegraph says Benítez will be handed a transfer fund of around £80 million this summer to begin an overhaul of a squad as high on age as it is on quality, and Mascherano is likely to be his first target.

Benítez signed Mascherano for Liverpool for £18.6 million in 2008 after an initial loan spell. The Argentine has made no secret of his desire to work with Benítez again – "his football is my football" – and his failure to sign a new, £100,000-a-week contract at Anfield is an indication that he does not intend to stay put.

Liverpool's finances are such that a £30 million bid for Mascherano may be too tempting to turn down, though it is thought there will be no formal offer until after the World Cup.

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