Barcelona are very confident that they have done enough to sign Mascherano and have reportedly already agreed personal terms with the player.
But Liverpool are prepared to play hard ball and have warned the Catalan giants they want a cash deal of between £18m and £20m if the deal is to go through.
There are also reports that Inter Milan are ready to make a £13m move for striker Kuyt but the Reds do not want to be left with a big bank balance but no time in which to sign replacements so any interested parties will have to move quickly for any deals to go through.
Middlesbrough climbed into the Sky Bet Championship play-off positions as Patrick Bamford's first career hat-trick secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Leeds.
Louis Longridge and Greg Docherty will leave friendship at the side of the pitch for 90 minutes on Sunday when Falkirk face Rangers at Ibrox.