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Barcelona stalwart set for surprise move to China

Barcelona’s Javier Mascherano could be set for a move to China according to reports in Spain. According to Sport, Barcelona are ready to sell the Argentine in the summer to make way for young defenders.

The same report also suggests that Mascherano is seriously considering various offers from China. Tianjin Quanjian, Shanghai SIPG and Guangzhou Evergrande are said to be clubs interested in signing the former Liverpool man.

Mascherano first came to Europe in 2006 when Alan Pardew identified his talents and brought him to West Ham, together with compatriot Carlos Tevez.

He established himself as one of the best holding midfielders in the league after moving to Liverpool.

Barcelona signed Mascherano in the summer of 2010 for €24 million, and it is believed that they are looking for the same amount to sell him this summer.

The Catalonia club is set for a squad overhaul in the summer and is looking to sign young talents. Mascherano, 32, believes that he will not be able to play regularly at Camp Nou and is looking for a move away.

The defender’s original plans were to return to River Plate and end his career there. However, the tempting offers he has received from China has turned his head.

Mascherano reportedly wants to join a Chinese Super League side in the summer and continues playing regularly. He desires to represent his country in the World Cup next year and is ready to leave Barcelona to get more game time.