Napoli boss Rafael Benitez will ramp up his efforts to sign former Liverpool midfielder Javier Mascherano according to reports.

Benitez brought the Argentinian to Anfield in 2007 during his spell in charge of Liverpool and he is now seeking a reunion in Naples.

Mascherano 29 has enjoyed three hugely successful years at the Nou Camp but hinted back in August that he would consider his future after being sounded out over a move away from Catalonia.

Reports now suggest his time in Spain could be coming to an end and Benitez wants to take him to Italy.