Barcelona confirm agreement with Hebei China Fortune for Javier Mascherano

Barcelona have confirmed that Javier Mascherano will join Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune.

The 33-year-old Argentinian defender left Spanish La Liga after eight years at Barcelona and will move to China in a €5.55m deal.

“FC Barcelona and Hebei China Fortune have reached an agreement for the transfer of Javier Mascherano to the Chinese club from January 26,” read an official statement on Wednesday.

Mascherano joined Barcelona from Liverpool in August 2010 after previously playing for River Plate, Corinthians and West Ham United.

In China, he will link up with international team-mate Ezequiel Lavezzi and play under former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Mascherano played 334 times for Barcelona, where he successfully won 18 trophies, including four La Liga titles and two UEFA Champions Leagues.