Mascherano saga nears end as Barcelona agree fee for Liverpool star

It appears that the Javier Mascherano saga is finally about to come to an end, and the Liverpool midfielder is going to get the move that he’s wanted for more than a year.

Liverpool have agreed a fee with Barcelona for the Argentina captain, and the 26-year-old is now set to have a medical and sign on the dotted line with the reigning La Liga champions.

According to Sky Sports, Liverpool will receive 16m up front, and they could receive another 6m in performance and success-based add-ons.

A statement on Liverpool’s official website said: “Liverpool Football Club have agreed terms for the transfer of Javier Mascherano to FC Barcelona.

“The Spanish club have now been given permission to speak to the Argentina midfielder.”

Barcelona’s official website also released a short statement, which revealed that not only did Mascherano play a role in helping the deal get pushed through, but that a four-year deal has already been agreed. The statement read: “FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Javier Mascherano to the club for the next four seasons.

“The deal was closed after intensive efforts made by the club in the final hours and through the player himself in the negotiations.

“Barcelona will report the details of the operation once the player passes the medical and the transfer is concluded.

“It is hoped Javier Mascherano will arrive in Barcelona this weekend.”

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