17/11/2021; 2:40 PM By : Steven D. Thompson
Whenever Barcelona pops up in the news, it is usually for another gloomy narrative. The club has had more than its fair share of negativity following the disastrous reign of Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Barcelona have found themselves as a caricature of its glorious past, now becoming the laughing stock of the European elite.
Results haven’t beenal, leaving La Blaugrana in ninth place in the La Liga log. For a club of Barcelona’s stature, it is a situation that is untenable, and it led to the firing of club legend Ronald Koeman.
One thing that the club needs is a breath of fresh air and a newction. Perhaps, the arrival of Xavi will reenact the glory days of the club. Xavi has resumed work with Barcelona and will be in the dugout this weekend, but he is ready to make his impact felt as he is open to letting one of the club’s stars leave.
Frenkie De Jong not in Xavi’s plans
At Barcelona, time is a luxury, but it is a commodity that Xavi needs to correct the ills of the past. A faulty footballction saw the club row into stormy waters, and Xavi must captain the boat to a calmer sea.
One of the players that might feel the edge of Xavi’s sword is Frenkie De Jong. The Dutchman may see his brief period at the Camp Nou brought to an end soon with Xavi looking to raise funds to freshen the squad. The former Al Sadd manager is open to putting his faith in youngsters Pedri and Gavi.
Spanish media outlet El Chiringuito reports that De Jong is one of the players earmarked by the new manager to leave the club.
With Barcelona still in the middle of a financial mess, the club is looking for the best way to lighten their financial load while keeping the team competitive.
De Jong arrived in Barcelona in 2019 after a brilliant season with Ajax. Since his arrival, he hasn’t quite found that form that had the whole of Europe scrambling for his signature. Though the Dutchman hasd to gain confidence and become pivotal for the team, Xavi remains open to sending him out of the door.
Xavi wants to pin the team’s hopes on youth. It explains why he wants Pedri and Gavi to spearhead the rebuild in midfield.
The Spaniard wants to bring in more players but is starved of funds, necessitating the sale of Frenkie De Jong. Xavi also has his sights on Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling and RB Salzburg star Karim Adeyemi.
The funds from the sale of De Jong could fund the arrival of Sterling and Adeyemi, with Xavi pinning his hopes for the midfield on Pedri, Gavi, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Riqui Puig and Nico Gonzalez.