Barcelona just €3M from deal for Liverpool ace Mascherano

Barcelona are close to sealing an agreement with Liverpool for midfielder Javier Mascherano.

The Argentina captain was left out of Liverpool's squad for last night's defeat at Manchester City as negotiations continued during the day.

Barca sources say there is now a difference of around €3 million separating the two clubs from an agreement.

Barca's last offer was for €20 million plus another €5 million based on appearances and success. But Liverpool are insisting on €26 million cash.

Barca had hoped to make up the shortfall by including Alex Hleb in their offer - but Liverpool are demanding a straight cash deal.

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