Why is Mascherano’s transfer fee undisclosed?

Wednesday morning saw Barcelona confirm Javier Mascherano’s move to Hebei China Fortune, however the official transfer fee was not detailed.

Why is Mascherano’s transfer fee undisclosed?


A club statement spoke of an agreement between the two teams that is effective from January 26, with the defender saying goodbye at a press conference before his departure.

What was missing from the statement was the official fee that Barcelona have recouped for the Argentine, which is thought to be around 10 million euros.

One reason for this being covered over may be that Hebei would have to pay a heavy tax if Mascherano costed more than 6m euros, and thus it is possible that imaginative payment structures have been dreamt up to carry out the transfer with minimal disruption.

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