Barcelona to launch £25m swoop for Liverpool's Javier Mascherano once Yaya Toure completes Manchester City move - report

Barcelona have been reported to be in line to swoop with a £25 million bid to secure the services of Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano.

The Argentina skipper has for some time been linked with a move away from Merseyside, with reports pointing towards his wife being unhappy in England.

And the recent managerial movement that saw former boss Rafael Benitez leave Anfield for the San Siro, saw the player being linked with a move to Inter.

However, the president of the Italian champions, Massimo Moratti, recently admitted that it was "unlikely" that the 26-year-old would make a move to the European champions.

Now The Sun reports that the Catalan club are set to make a bid for the midfielder, once the sale of Yaya Toure to Manchester City reaches fruition.

Toure's agent has previously admitted that his client is in search of regular football, while maintaining that he expects Barca to accept a bid from City because of the financial pluses while dealing with the Eastlands club.

In the meantime, it has been speculated that Roy Hodgson, if and when he is appointed as Liverpool's new manager, could go after Panathinaikos midfielder Gilberto Silva as a replacement for Mascherano.

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