Xavi wants Barcelona to bring in a striker and a winger

Xavi wants Barcelona to bring in a striker and a winger

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27 Jan 2022
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The 42-year-old – who would be content with just one new face in either of those positions – has communicated his request to the club’s technical department and will hope for business to be done in what little time remains of the window.

Xavi had also wanted to strengthen at full-back

Xavi Hernandez wants Barcelona to bring in a striker and a winger before the end of the January transfer window. The 42-year-old – who would be content with just one new face in either of those positions – has communicated his request to the club’s technical department and will hope for business to be done in what little time remains of the window. Dani Alves and Ferran Torres have already arrived this month, but Xavi is still concerned about the top end of the pitch, given injuries and a lack of ruthlessness from his existing attackers. Xavi had also wanted to strengthen at full-back, but for now, that would be a nice-to-have addition. As always these days at Barcelona, the necessary headroom would have to be made on the club’s wage bill before any new arrival comes into the squad.

The club’s hierarchy are determined to assist Xavi in his recruitment efforts

There’s no doubt that the Blaugrana are scoring less than in previous seasons, with last season’s tally at the same juncture of LaLiga being 12 goals more than this campaign. There are, of course, reasons why one being the small matter of Lionel Messi. Even aside from the Argentine’s summer departure to Paris Saint-Germain, the enforced retirement of Sergio Aguero and injuries to Martin Braithwaite, Memphis Depay, and Ousmane Dembele haven’t helped. Mateu Alemany and the rest of the club’s hierarchy are determined to assist Xavi in his recruitment efforts. They want to address both the forward and the winger gaps if they can, but they are conscious that the state of the market and their own financial limitations make it a tough ask to wrap up their targets in just a few days.

Alvaro Morata is one, and the fact he wants to come to Barcelona works for everyone – but nothing has been agreed yet. Adama Traore has been linked with filling the winger slot, but again nothing concrete has been discussed between the Catalans and Wolves. In terms of the lower priority defensive reinforcement, Nicolas Tagliafico would be the club’s first option. Alex Grimaldo – currently at Benfica but a former Barcelona B player – is also in the picture if there is room in the budget, following the capture of the attacking targets.

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