Due to the financial difficulties that have decimated the club’s ability to be a major player in the transfer market, it was unclear if Xavi would find himself limited to free transfers, as his predecessor, Ronald Koeman, was in the summer.
But a report in Sport says that Barcelona is preparing to be busy in the winter window and it will be Xavi, rather than the board, who gets the final say on their list of targets.
Xavi has been open and honest since returning to Barcelona to succeed Koeman and he needs reinforcements in multiple positions.
The attack is one area that Xavi feels is in urgent need of support with Manchester City’s Ferran Torres said to be the ‘priority in January.
Thursday’s front cover of Sport also shows that Chelsea striker Timo Werner and Red Bull Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi are also under consideration by the Catalan club.
Attack and on the wing – both crucial in a 4-3-3 system – need rectifying, even if Barcelona needs to remain somewhat frugal while spending.
Sergio Aguero is unavailable until next year at the earliest, after the striker complained of chest pains, while teenage midfield sensation Pedri is set not to play again until 2022 as he recovers from his own muscle challenge.
Barcelona May Also Test The Water To Take Azpilicueta
Meanwhile, Xavi can’t count on strikers Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite at the moment either, leaving his squad looking increasingly thin heading into the final month of the year.
The right-back has also become a problem position for Barcelona after it was confirmed this week that Sergi Roberto is set to be out as long as four months with a thigh injury.
It has emerged that Roberto will need an operation on his muscle problem, which could keep him away from the pitch until April, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Sport goes on to add that a move for veteran Chelsea full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is ‘very attractive’ in January, particularly given that his deal at Stamford Bridge expires at the end of the season.
Azpilicueta can start negotiating a pre-contract agreement for a free transfer in just a matter of weeks but Barcelona may also test the water to take him immediately.
Dani Olmo, of RB Leipzig, and Hakim Ziyech, of Chelsea, are also reportedly on the list of targets for January.