Cash-strapped Barcelona face huge problem in bid to hire Xavi as boss from Al-Sadd

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Barcelona face a major issue in their bid to appoint legendary former midfielder Xavi Hernandez as their new boss. The cash-strapped La Liga giants hoped to appoint Xavi after sacking Ronaldo Koeman last week. 

Koeman was finally dismissed seven days ago after overseeing a disastrous start to the league campaign.  

Barca are ninth in the Spanish top-flight having already lost three of their 11 matches so far.  

Koeman was dismissed after a dismal 1-0 defeat against Rayo Vallecano, with former Manchester United and Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao scoring the only goal.  

But that was only one of several disappointing results. Fan discontent overspilled after Barca were beaten 2-1 by Real Madrid in the latest El Clasico. Some supporters attempted to attack Koeman’s car as he departed the Nou Camp.

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President Joan Laporta finally dismissed Koeman after that defeat against Vallecano last week. Attention quickly turned to who might succeed the Dutchman.

Xavi, who played 767 times for Barca, has been the favourite to take the job. However, it is reported that Barca face a problem while trying to reach an agreement. 

According to Mundo Deportivo, the offer made to the 41-year-old will see him paid less than what he currently earns at Al-Sadd. Barca are struggling to remain within La Liga’s wage restrictions, which led to Lionel Messi’s summer departure.  

Xavi has been in charge of the Qatari side since 2019 having ended his playing career at the club. 

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The World Cup winner was coy about his future when asked at the weekend.  

“I’m currently focused on my work with Al Sadd and I cannot talk about anything else,” Xavi said.  

Should Barca fail to reach an agreement with Xavi, Laporta has said that the club has other options. 

However, he revealed that the pair are good friends and insisted the former Spain international will one day manage Barca.  

“The name of Xavi is all over the news but Barca has other options,” Laporta said.  

“I have never changed what I say about Xavi. One day he will become the coach of Barcelona, and I would even like for that to be while I am in charge. What I don’t know is when.  

“It is true that the scouting reports we have on him are very good. All the inputs and news we have on Xavi are good, even though he has not been coaching a long time.” 

However, Al-Sadd published a statement last week which appeared to suggest they were intent on Xavi seeing through his contract until 2023. 

It read: “In response to what’s circulating recently, the Al-Sadd management reaffirms that Xavi has a two-year contract with the club and is fully focused on the team’s upcoming matches, to maintain our lead at the top of the league and to defend the title.”
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