OFFICIAL: Mascherano moving to China

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano will join Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune on Friday, it has been confirmed.

The Catalan giants released a statement on Wednesday confirming the news, a day after official reports the Argentine would be ending his stint at the Camp Nou.

The Blaugrana play Espanyol in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter final on Thursday evening and it is thought Mascherano will say goodbye to the fans prior to kick-off.

No transfer fee has been confirmed, although it has been reported the move will be worth in the region of €7m.

Joining Barca in August 2010 after a spell at Liverpool, Mascherano went on to win 18 trophies including the Primera title on four occasions and two Champions Leagues.

The former West Ham and Liverpool player is also fourth on the list of non-Spanish appearance makers for Barca, with his 334 putting him behind only Lionel Messi, Philippe Cocu and Dani Alves.

Mascherano played under Pep Guardiola, Tito Vilanova, Tata Martino, Luis Enrique and Ernesto Valverde during his seven-and-a-half years at Camp Nou.

He scored his only goal for Barca in the 2016-17 season during a 7-1 win over Osasuna, converting a penalty to break his duck.

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