Barcelona hope to be able to appoint Xavi at the end of the week


Barcelona hope to be able to confirm Xavi as Ronald Koeman’s successor at the Camp Nou before the end of the week after negotiations are planned with his current employer.

A delegation from the Catalan giants has traveled to Qatar in an attempt to seal a deal for Al Sadd’s head coach to return to the club where he came through the academy and enjoyed a brilliant 17-year career.

Barcelona’s vice president and football manager, Rafa Yuste and Mateu Alemany, flew to Doha after Blaugrana’s narrow victory in the group stage of the Champions League over Dynamo Kiev on Tuesday night, according to ESPN.

The pair will start negotiations with Xavi’s current club – where he still has two years left on his contract – after seeing Al Sadd’s clash with Al-Duhail on Wednesday, as they make sure to reach an agreement on compensation to free it 41 -years -old from his contract in Qatar.

It is believed that the former Spanish national team player has a release clause inscribed in his terms on Al Sadd.

90min previously revealed that Xavi was ready to accept the role at Camp Nou, which he has been waiting for since he hung up his boots and switched to coach in 2019. Personal terms are therefore considered agreed, with compensation now the only stumbling block before a meeting.

90min understands that Barcelona are happy to wait to get their man but are convinced that a deal will be made, with ESPN reporting that the club hopes to announce Xavi as Koeman’s successor before the end of the week.

Koeman was relieved of his duties on Wednesday after the 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano caused Barça to disappear in ninth place in La Liga, with Sergi Barjuan as interim manager.

The Dutchman received the dreaded vote of confidence from President Joan Laporta in September after a terrible start to the new season both domestically and in Europe. At that time, Barça’s board made it clear that they wanted Xavi to come in and Koeman’s resignation has now accelerated the procedure.

Although Al Sadd was seen as having a soft stance when it came to allowing his coach to return to his childhood club, the Qatari side’s media officer blamed Barça last week for a blatant lack of professionalism in their search for Xavi – and denied an official offer. received.

With a Barcelona delegation now in Doha, it seems as if they have heeded the call to negotiate Xavi’s signature.

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