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PSG close in on Barcelona star after contract talks stall

Ligue 1 leaders are eyeing up experienced centre-back in ploy to bring him to France once he leaves Nou Camp

JAVIER MASCHERANO could be on his way to Paris Saint-Germain at the end of this season after alluding to his Nou Camp exit.

The Argentinian’s contract with Barcelona expires in June 2019, with talks of an extension not yet wrapped up.

Mascherano has been at Barca since 2010 after joining from Liverpool

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Mascherano has been at Barca since 2010 after joining from Liverpool

Speaking to La Nacion about leaving Barca, the defender said: “You have to know how to close that stage, you do not have to contaminate the relationships.

“It also depends on the club. This time it may be that the decision is made by me.”


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When asked if he would return to boyhood club River Plate, he said: “I do not know. It is not the same to face a return to River.

“Or I could stay in Europe, or go to a league that’s less mentally demanding.”

The defender has made 202 appearances for Barca and scored one goal

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The defender has made 202 appearances for Barca and scored one goal

The Argentinian has four La Liga and two Champions League titles to his name

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The Argentinian has four La Liga and two Champions League titles to his name

That easier league could well be the French, with Diario Gol reporting PSG are ready to take a punt on Mascherano should he leave Barca.

But Ligue 1 isn’t as cut and dry as PSG sweeping it every season.

Monaco won last year’s campaign, giving them their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years, with much of that attributed to young star Kylian Mbappe, who made the move from the south of France to PSG earlier this year.

One accolade that has alluded Mascherano is the World Cup

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One accolade that has alluded Mascherano is the World Cup

Despite his 139 caps for his national side, he came closest to winning the World Cup in 2014, finishing as runners-up

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Despite his 139 caps for his national side, he came closest to winning the World Cup in 2014, finishing as runners-up

The Parisian’s already have swathes of talent in the defensive region, with captain Thiago Silva and youngsters Presnel Kimpembe and Marquinhos.

Mascherano has won all there is to win at the Camp Nou and may well look for a change of scenery come the summer.

Mascherano could be on his way out of the Camp Nou, after almost eight years at the club

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Mascherano could be on his way out of the Camp Nou, after almost eight years at the club