Javier Mascherano to leave Barca
Javier Mascherano will leave Barcelona after seven and a half seasons at CampNou, the Catalan club have confirmed, with a move to China on the cards.
Argentina international Mascherano is expected to continue his career with a reported €10 million switch to Hebei China Fortune ahead of the 2018 Chinese Super League season.
Mascherano has seen his game time severely restricted since Ernesto Valverde's appointment, making just 12 appearances in all competitions as he sits behind Gerard Pique, Thomas Vermaelen and Samuel Umtiti in the pecking order at centre-back.
Mascherano joined Barca from Liverpool in 2010 and made 334 appearances, winning 18 titles during one of the most successful eras in the club's history.
Lionel Messi, Phillip Cocu and Dani Alves are the only three foreign players to have made more Barca appearances than Mascherano, who to transitioned to centre-back having joined the club as a midfielder.
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