Javier Mascherano is set to leave Liverpool, with Barcelona preparing a £35million bid.
The Argentine, 25, has told boss Rafael Benitez he needs to leave because his wife, Fernanda, is reluctant to return to England.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed earlier this month that the midfielder was unsettled but Benitez had hoped to persuade him to stay.
However, Fernanda is pregnant, has returned to South America with their daughter Iola and does not want to fly back.
Benitez is understanding but still wants at least £35m for his midfield enforcer.
Mascherano's agent, Walter Tamer, held talks on Wednesday with Barca general manager Raul Sanlehy and sporting director Txiki Begiristain, who will offer around £20m plus possibly striker Bojan Krkic.