Wednesday May 28 2014
Mascherano: Barca talks soon

Napoli target Javier Mascherano says now is not the time to discuss his future, but his agent is expected to meet with Barcelona shortly.

The Argentine international is linked with a summer exit from the Camp Nou outfit this summer, with former side Liverpool seen as in early competition for his signature with former Coach Rafa Benitez and Napoli.

However, when asked this week on his intentions to leave the Catalan club or not, the player 

“There is neither an ‘addio’ nor an ‘arrivederci’,” Mascherano is quoted as saying this week.

“At the right time we will talk about everything, and that time has not yet come. I must think only of the national team.”

The Gazzetta dello Sport report that Benitez continues to press that Napoli prioritise signing Mascherano and it is seen as something that Aurelio De Laurentiis is responding to.

The Corriere dello Sport, meanwhile, report that the 29-year-old’s agent, Walter Tamer, will fly out to Barcelona shortly to meet with Coach Luis Enrique and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta to discuss their intentions with Mascherano.

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