Tuesday March 18 2014
‘Benitez courting Mascherano’

Kiss Kiss Napoli report that Rafa Benitez is trying to persuade Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano to join him at San Paolo.

The pair worked together during their time at Liverpool and the Spanish tactician is said to want a reunion with the Argentine in the summer.

According to the report, the player’s agent Walter Tamer is expected in Spain this week and will watch his client line up against Real Madrid this Sunday.

While it is said the purpose of his presence in Catalonia is to negotiate a new deal for his client to remain at Camp Nou, Benitez may try to take advantage of this by attempting to open negotiations himself.

Any potential deal for the player is thought to be highly dependent on the influence Benitez could have on the 29-year-old.

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