Two demands laid out by Xavi for Barcelona this winter | OneFootball
Two demands laid out by Xavi for Barcelona this winter
As we approach the final week of the January transfer window, there could be some movement happening at Barcelona.
The Blaugrana have brought in Ferran Torres from Manchester City this month and have let Philippe Coutinho leave on loan to Aston Villa. However, manager Xavi Hernandez is believed to be keen on making a few more additions to the roster before the window slams shut.
According to SPORT, the Blaugrana boss has his heart set on signing a centre-forward as he seeks to add more firepower to his attacking arsenal. The recent injury to Ansu Fati and Martin Braithwaite’s continued absence warrants the addition of a new forward and Alvaro Morata remains the manager’s preferred option.
The Atletico Madrid striker, who is on loan at Juventus, has been linked with a move to Camp Nou heavily. However, the Bianconeri are unwilling to let him go without signing a replacement first.
But recent reports have indicated that Juve are making a move for Dusan Vlahovic, which could pave the way for Xavi and Barça to get their hands on Morata.
Apart from a striker, the Barcelona manager is believed to have requested the signing of a new left-back as well. As things stand, the Blaugrana have just Jordi Alba as the senior option in the position, with B team prospect Alejandro Balde as potential cover.
However, as per the report, Xavi believes that the teenager is not mature enough for first-team responsibilities, while he also has loan offers to leave the club.
So, the 41-year-old wants to bring in a more seasoned option on loan for the next six months to provide cover and competition to Alba, whose performance against Athletic Club earlier this week left a lot to be desired.
Any move, though, would depend on the club’s ability to free up space on the wage bill, which could happen as they are actively looking to offload contract rebel Ousmane Dembele.
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