Javier Mascherano remains a top transfer target for new Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez, it’s reported.
The rumours have been going ever since Benitez took over from Walter Mazzarri at the Stadio San Paolo this summer.
The reports continue in both Italy and Spain, even though Mascherano has a €100m buy-out clause in his Barcelona contract.
It is suggested Napoli hope to tempt him into a transfer for €20m so he can reunite with his former Liverpool manager.
Benitez would also pledge to use the 29-year-old as a defensive midfielder, whereas for the past three seasons he has mainly played at centre-back for the Blaugrana.