The Argentina international is confident that the Arsenal man will move to Camp Nou and is full of praise for the midfielder, saying his qualities as a player cannot be questioned
The Spain international is on the verge of a move to Camp Nou and Mascherano has nothing but praise for the Gunners skipper.
"I only know him as an opponent and have never played with him, but you can’t question his quality as a footballer. He’s a great player. He has done a great job so far and is the captain of an important team," Mascherano was quoted as saying by Sport.
The holding midfielder then briefly looked back at his own transfer to Barcelona and added that he is hopeful Fabregas' move will soon be completed.
"From the first moment that Barca showed an interest in me, I was clear that I wanted to come here and last season showed that I was right to take the step that I did. You have to make some tough decisions," he said.
"I hope that his transfer will be solved in a good and rapid way. There are always some nerves in situations like this."
A report on Thursday suggested that the two clubs are set to agree on a deal worth around €40 million (£35m) and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has stated that Fabregas' future will be decided shortly.