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Inter Milan go cold on Liverpool midfielder Mascherano

Inter Milan are going cold on signing Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

The Daily Mail says Mascherano was left fretting over a proposed £25million move to Inter Milan last night after Rafa Benitez finally began his recruitment drive by snapping up Genoa midfielder Giuseppe Sculli.

Unsettled midfielder Mascherano was pinning his hopes on Inter finally making a bid for him, once funds were in place from Mario Balotelli's transfer to Manchester City.

But former Liverpool boss Benitez made Sculli his priority, instead, tying up a £5million deal that casts doubt over whether he will follow up his interest in Mascherano.

Sources in Milan point to an already well-stocked Inter midfield and believe that, should an offer be made for Mascherano, it could be as little as £12-15million.

Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson will not let him leave on the cheap and is adamant he must honour his contract at Anfield, in the absence of any acceptable bids.

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