Mascherano passes Barcelona medical

Argentina midfielder Javier Mascherano passed a medical to seal

his transfer from Liverpool to Barcelona on Monday.

The 26-year-old Mascherano underwent a five-hour “exhaustive”

review, according to team doctor Ricard Pruna.

Mascherano agreed to a four-year contract, with Spanish reports

putting the fee for the ball-winning midfielder at $28 million.

Mascherano, who also played at West Ham and Corinthians, is a

natural replacement for the departed Yaya Toure in the Spanish

champion’s lineup.