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).