Liverpool 'offered' Ghanaian international midfielder

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Liverpool are reportedly being offered Sulley Muntari as part of a player-plus-cash deal for Javier Mascherano.

The Italian giants and Barcelona are in battle to sign the Argentine international before Sunday, with new Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson placing a weekend deadline on any potential deal for the unsettled central midfielder.

Barca were reportedly ready to offer Alex Hleb and Martin Caceres as part of a players-plus-cash deal for Mascherano, but Inter have thrown their hat into the ring after confirming they've made an official move for the player.

"I sent an offer to Liverpool by fax on Tuesday and I am waiting for a reply from them," Sporting Director Marco Branca told 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. We have made a very good offer."

The Reds are thought to be after a fee in the region of £20 million for the player, but the Daily Mirror claim that the Nerazzurri have offered £12 million plus Muntari for the player.

The former Udinese and Portsmouth midfielder moved to the San Siro for €16 million in 2008, helping claim the Champions League under Jose Mourinho last season.

Rafa Benitez's arrival has left the Ghanaian's future uncertain, and despite stating a willingness to stay in Serie 'A' it appears he could be used in a swap deal.

The Spaniard's relationship with Mascherano through his time at Anfield could be a deciding factor in a potential move, although Hodgson is thought to be unhappy with the situation after revealing an agreement that Benitez would not go after players on the Red half of Merseyside.

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