Inter have confirmed they have made a bid for Liverpool’s unsettled midfielder Javier Mascherano.
The 26-year-old Argentinian has not travelled with the Reds for their Europa League clash away to Trabzonspor on Thursday, after being left out of the squad to face Manchester City on Monday.
Inter, managed by former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez are keen on bringing the tackler to the San Siro, and Nerazzurri sporting director Marco Branca has confirmed an offer has been made.
“I sent an offer to Liverpool by fax on Tuesday and I am waiting for a reply from them,” he said in The Sun.
“We’re not speaking to the player at the moment because we want to do this in the right way and make sure that Liverpool are happy.
“Everybody knows that Mascherano would like to change team and to change country. He also has a good relationship with our manager Rafa Benitez.
“We’ve made a very good offer, around the amount they are asking for. We have a strong team here, the best in Europe, but we would like to add one or two players to make us even stronger.”
After three seasons with the club, Mascherano is thought to be keen to leave as his family have not settled in England.
Barcelona are also known to be interested in signing him, and compatriot Lionel Messi has urged Liverpool to let him go.
He told the Daily Express: “Javier won’t play for the club again, I can assure you of that, and I think the Liverpool coach knows that now.
“Javier’s family are unhappy and the pressure of seeing that is making him depressed. Liverpool must act humanely and let him go.”