Mascherano seals Barca switch

Mascherano putt pen to paper on his contract at the Nou Camp office
of new club president Sandro Rosell after passing a medical. The
contract has a buy-out clause of 90million euros. Mascherano will
wear the number 14 shirt with Barca, which was previously the
number worn by Thierry Henry prior to the Frenchman’s departure
this summer. The Argentina international earlier underwent separate
tests at the Hospital de Barcelona and at the Nou Camp and. Club
doctor Ricard Pruna told Barca TV: “It was an exhaustive medical
that lasted around five hours. He is in excellent condition and is
physically great. “His cardiovascular level is perfect and he is a
player who has had very few injuries. In the last five years he has
suffered one injury that has left him with problems.” The
26-year-old Mascherano reportedly cost Barca 22million euros
(£18million).