Javier Mascherano is ready to submit a transfer request at Liverpool. The Daily Mail says Mascherano is ready to ask for a transfer to push through his proposed move from Liverpool to Inter Milan.

Representatives of the Argentina captain were reported to be in Milan yesterday holding informal talks over his planned transfer and expect to formulate an offer from Inter over the next week.

Inter manager Rafael Benitez agreed as part of his settlement when he left Liverpool that he would not return to sign any of their players for the next three months.

However, Liverpool are well aware that Inter are the only real contenders for Mascherano's signature.

He intends to leave and they recognise it may be in their best interests to strike a deal and sell the 26-year-old before the saga overshadows Roy Hodgson's preparations for the new season.

Inter are unwilling to offer Liverpool's valuation of £30m instead they intend to deal closer to £20m - but could offer players in return such as former Portsmouth midfielder Sulley Muntari.

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