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Barcelona lose star player to China - FCNaija

La Liga By: Linus Onyeze | 11/01/2018

Javier Mascherano is finally set to leave Barcelona after it emerged the La Liga club has accepted a bid from Chinese club Hebei China Fortune.

The two clubs have been wrangling hard over the final transfer fee, with Barca demanding at least €10 million for the Argentinian. However, Hebei China Fortune are reluctant to pay more than €5.77 million, which would trigger a 100 per cent levy on the payment for the transfer, according to Goal.

The Chinese Football Association announced last June that any loss-making club in China's top two divisions that pays more than 45 million yuan (€5.77 million) for a foreign player transfer must pay the same amount to a CFA youth development fund.

The CFA made its presence felt on Tuesday by issuing a harsh warning that it would severely punish clubs who flagrantly violate its transfer rules, following reports that Guangzhou Evergrande and Beijing Guoan are engaging in a bidding war over Borussia Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.