Milito expecting Masch move
Inter striker tipping countryman to join him in Italy
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: July 18, 2010 2:28pm
Mascherano: Inter link
Diego Milito is confident his fellow Argentine Javier Mascherano will be joining him at Inter Milan.
The reigning European and Serie A champions are known to be interested in the Liverpool midfielder, with former Reds boss Rafa Benitez having succeeded Jose Mourinho at the Giuseppe Meazza helm this summer.
The Spaniard is an avid admirer of Mascherano's talents, having taken him to Anfield, and is keen for the South American enforcer to follow him to Italy.
His quest has been aided by the fact that Liverpool can no longer offer their top talents UEFA Champions League football, and Milito believes that could be the factor which helps to turn the tide in Inter's favour.
"We are very excited about Mascherano joining us at Inter," the experienced striker said in the Daily Star Sunday.
"He has made it clear he wants to be here and it's just down to the relevant people agreeing the deal now.
"In my view we are getting the very best defensive midfield player in the world and Maradona calls him one of the three most important players in the Argentina squad along with Lionel Messi and (Carlos) Tevez. That's how highly he is regarded."
Milito added: "I think it's unrealistic of Liverpool to think they can keep hold of Mascherano when they can't even offer Champions League football and are not challenging Manchester United and Chelsea for the Premier League title.
"The boss and Mascherano have a good friendship so there were no other clubs on the cards for him after that, including Barcelona. He has wanted to join for a while but when the boss joined Inter I think that sealed the deal.
"Rafa has already made it clear that he wants another season like Jose had with us last season. Javier is a natural-born winner.
"He'll relish being at a club where he will win top honours.
"I think it will be hard for Liverpool to hold on to the top players, including (Steven) Gerrard and (Fernando) Torres, but that is not my concern.
"I would like Tevez to join us as well but I don't think that will be possible this summer.
"Manchester City are in a position where they don't have to sell, but Carlos has told me he would like to play in Italy in the future."