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Xavi has been tasked with restoring Barcelona to their former glory after the Spaniard made his Nou Camp return last week. The 41-year-old replaces Ronald Koeman as the La Liga side’s manager after Koeman was ruthlessly axed last month following a horrendous run of form.
Although Xavi has only been in charge for a week, already the former Barca midfielder has set about stamping his mark on the team.
Xavi was quick to wrap up a deal for Dani Alves, with his former team-mate linking back up with the club that he departed over five years ago.
And Alves won’t be the last addition that Xavi makes as he seeks to rebuild a Barcelona side that has been ripped apart by the club’s financial mismanagement over the past few months.
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A report from The Sun last month revealed that Barca are plotting a move for Manchester City star Raheem Sterling.
Sterling has struggled for minutes under Pep Guardiola in the Premier League this term, and the star has admitted that he’d be open to a move in order to play more football.
Barcelona certainly have vacancies to fill in their attacking ranks following Lionel Messi’s gut-wrenching exit just a few months ago.
A deal for Sterling would certainly be a start in rebuilding their forward line – but he isn’t the only forward to be linked with the Catalan club.
Another report from SPORT claims that Barca have joined the race for RB Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi.
The 19-year-old hotshot has netted 11 goals in just 13 league games in the Austrian Bundesliga this term, and that form has captured the attention of a host of European heavyweights.
The prospect of Sterling and Adeyemi linking up with Sergio Aguero, or even exciting prospect Ansu Fati, under Xavi would be a tantalising prospect for Barca fans.
Xavi is also keen to bolster his midfield, with Barcelona reportedly opening talks to bring Thiago Alcantara back to Spain from Liverpool.
The Spanish midfielder departed the La Liga side back in 2013, but his potential return would give Xavi a dream midfield trio of Thiago, Sergio Busquets and youngster Pedri.
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It remains to be seen if Xavi will attempt to beef up Barca’s rearguard with any more arrivals following Alves’ shocking return.
Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba and Sergino Dest are already mainstays at the Nou Camp, just ahead of number one Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
The Sun also reported last month that Barcelona were keen on a deal for Chelsea target Jules Kounde, who at just 23 years of age would potentially be able to marshal Barca’s new-look defence for the next decade.
With the club’s financial difficulties, it’s hard to see them completing all of these deals imminently.
But Xavi has been appointed to transform the club’s long-term future- and it seems a safe bet that he’ll be a busy man over the next few transfer windows.
How Barcelona could line up under Xavi (4-3-3): ter Stegen, Alves, Pique, Kounde, Dest; Pedri, Busquets, Thiago; Sterling, Adeyemi, Fati
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