Former Napoli masseur Salvatore Carmando says they're close to a deal for Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano. The Argentine has flirted with Napoli publicly this season with his former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez now with the Azzurri.

The club needs to buy a central defensive figure of international standing," Carmando told Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli.

"According to what Diego Maradona told me during a dinner at the Hotel Eden in Rome, it seems as if the President has already chosen Mascherano.

"The deal is not complete with Barcelona yet, but negotiations have been going on for a long time. For now they are just waiting for the player's final decision."

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