Barcelona Vice President Bertomeu Travels To Liverpool To Close Javier Mascherano Deal - Report

Italian interest prompts Barca to act swiftly...
Barcelona are intensifying their efforts to land wantaway Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano following Inter's renewed interest and confirmed bid in the 26-year-old.

AS reports that Barca vice president Josep Maria Bertomeu has travelled to Merseyside to finalise a deal for the Argentina captain, who is understood to favour a switch to Camp Nou over renewing acquaintances with former coach Rafael Benitez.

Buoyed by a likely infusion of cash from the imminent departure of Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to Milan, the Blaugrana are keen to move swiftly to secure the services of Mascherano, who was once again omitted from the Liverpool squad for the Europa League win away to Turkish side Trabzonspor.

With just four days remaining in the transfer window, the Reds' chances of closing a deal that matches their valuation for the defensive midfielder are looking more favourable, with two bidders known to be seeking Mascherano's signature. Conflicting reports from Spain and England place that figure anywhere between €26 million and €30.5 million.

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