FC Barcelona and Hebei Fortune have reached an agreement for Javier Mascherano to move to the Chinese Super League for 10 million euros.
However, the transfer will not be completed until Samuel Umtiti (currently injured) is back on the pitch or a new central defender is signed.
The pact between Barça and Hebei is total but the operation will not be completed until Ernesto Valverde has Umtiti back or has completed a deal for a new centre-back: Yerry Mina and Daley Blind are targets.
That's the condition imposed by the Catalan side in order to give Mascherano the green light to move to China.
Another detail which needs to be resolved is the insurance in the case that Mascherano, for example, plays in the Clasico or in of the first games of the New Year.
Barça and Hebei Fortune must agree on who is responsible for them.
The Spanish market opens on Jan. 1 and closes on Jan. 31, which is when Barça have until to sign a new player and officially sell Mascherano.
Mascherano joined Barça in 2010 from Liverpool for 24 million euros, four of which were paid by the player himself, who also took a 20 percent wage cut to leave Anfield.
When he arrived he was 26 and now he leaves at 33. His best years have been at Barça and he's had a successful spell. At the club, he has won 18 trophies: four La Liga, four Copa del Reys, four Spanish Super Cups, two Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups and two Club World Cups.
Mascherano had a contract with Barça until 2019 and a release clause worth 100 million euros.