Mascherano last month revealed the circumstances surrounding his acrimonious Reds departure, implying that the Spaniard’s leaving by ‘mutual consent’ affected his decision to leave.
Once a coveted midfield presence on Merseyside, the Argentine has won acclaim for his smooth transition to centre-back at Barcelona and maintains considerable versatility.
Benitez’s side has struggled at the back this term despite sitting third in Serie A and could do with such a player that could simultaneously bolster options in defensive midfield.
Mundo Deportivo have reported that Mascherano is a desired target for the coming summer due to his history with the Napoli coach and could push for a San Paolo switch.
Meanwhile an ex-medical staff member for the Partenopei also claimed on Wednesday that negotiations are already under way as president Aurelio De Laurentiis has identified the 29-year-old as a key purchase.
And now Massimo Agostini, who spent two seasons with Napoli between 1994 and 1996 during his playing career, has tipped Mascherano for success in Serie A should the Vesuviani indeed get his signature come summer.
“Mascherano has accumulated great experience over the years of his career and if Napoli signed him it would be an excellent stroke,” he told Radio CRC.
“What I like about Mascherano is that calm and tranquility that he always brings to the pitch.
“I’m not sure if there will still be room for him at Barcelona next season, while at Napoli he could do really well.”