Barcelona star turns down Napoli because he wants Liverpool move

Catalan newspaper Sport have been confused by transfer frenzy already, and the window hasn't even opened yet. On Tuesday they headline a piece in their newspaper 'Juve y Nápoles se fijan en Mascherano' - claiming that there's a fight between the two Italian clubs to sign Javier Mascherano.

Yet Juventus aren't mentioned once in the article, the sub-editor meant Liverpool. Sport explain that Napoli have been interested for some time as Rafa Benitez looks to reunite himself with the Argentine midfielder turned sometime defender. Napoli would be prepared to pay €15m for the 29 year old who has two years left on his current contract.

Whilst Sport think that figure would be enough to please Barcelona and therefore get a deal done, Napoli is not the preference of the player himself. Mascherano is not keen on a move to the lively city of Naples, and neither are his family according to Sport.

They would much rather return to Liverpool and the Catalan newspaper say that Mascherano wants to end his career on Merseyside. Sport say that Liverpool are interested but they'll have to move forward with any potential wish to sign him to make Mascherano happy. Should Liverpool not progress from the interest stage then the player and his family may have to reconsider the beeping horns and blaring sirens of Naples, which is still a beautiful city. 

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