Al-Sadd has warned Barcelona president Joan Laporta that he must travel to Qatar to talk face-to-face with the club over a deal to sign manager Xavi.
Following Ronald Koeman’s resignation last week, Laporta’s focus has been solely on Xavi, who remains under contract with Al-Sadd until the summer of 2023.
Al-Sadd has so far not been happy with Barcelona’s behavior and the media coverage of their hunt for Xavi, they have expressed their frustrations once or twice on social media, and according to AS they want an end to the circus and will only make a deal with Laporta directly.
Qatari officials have told Laporta he must fly to Doha to discuss a deal to release Xavi from his contract, with Al-Sadd promising “friendly talks” as long as they do not have to talk to any middlemen or anyone working. on behalf of Laporta.
It is not thought to be a problem for Laporta, just a minor inconvenience as a trip to Doha would take up a large part of his already packed schedule.
He is expected to fly away on Thursday for talks after Al-Sadd took on Al-Duhail in a real top-of-the-table deal. Xavi’s men sit at the top of the table and would go six points ahead of their rivals with a win.
During that meeting, Laporta will likely get a deal for Xavi formalized, with most details with Al-Sadd already sorted, but a personal meeting with Barcelona’s boss has been requested to seal the deal.
It is suggested that Barcelona could avoid paying any compensation for Xavi and instead agree to a friendly against Al-Sadd in Qatar for the next two years.
The delay means that Xavi will probably not be responsible in Barcelona for Saturday’s meeting with Celta Vigo. The Spaniard can make his move during the upcoming international break and lead out his former employers when they meet Espanyol at the Camp Nou on November 20.