If Manchester United is successful in their chase of the two Barcelona players they are interested in, Xavi’s plan to create something unique at the Camp Nou may be disrupted.
In November 2021, Xavi was appointed manager of Barcelona, taking over a team that was going through a difficult time. The Spanish powerhouses fired Dutch manager Ronald Koeman after their team slid to ninth position in the La Liga standings.
How effective Xavi would be in his new position as Barcelona manager remained a mystery. He is a club legend as a result of having played there and winning 25 trophies during that time, which nearly always helps with the fan support.
Although this was the case, the former midfielder had no experience in managing a senior squad. He had been the manager of the Qatari club Al Sadd for two years when Barcelona came calling.
Despite having no prior experience at the top level of management, the 43-year-old manager has done a fantastic job with Barcelona thus far.
He played a key role in the Blaugrana’s rise to second place in the rankings during the previous season. They also have a chance to win the Spanish championship this season for the first time since the 2018-19 campaign, as they presently lead Real Madrid by five points after 19 games.
Aside from that, Xavi is helping Barcelona win cup competitions. They defeated Real Madrid 3-1 in last month’s Spanish Super Cup championship match. They will also keep playing in the Spanish Cup and the Europa League.
However, Barcelona’s development under Xavi could be hampered by Manchester United’s aggressive transfer intentions. It was discovered on Wednesday that Ten Hag is considering acquiring former Leeds winger Raphinha from Barcelona.
A well-known star may have to be sold by Barca this summer due to financial difficulties, claims the Spanish news source Cadena Ser. The player with the highest likelihood of leaving the team is Raphinha.
Raphinha’s performance at Leeds has led Ten Hag to believe that the Brazilian would be an asset to his squad. Raphinha was a star player for Leeds throughout his time there and eventually took over as the team’s leading goal scorer.
Two Barcelona players could choose to join Manchester United instead of staying with the team. According to the Spanish newspaper Sport, Manchester United is very interested in hiring Ansu Fati, a fellow attacker.
The Manchester United coaching staff will be keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old winger over the coming months in preparation for making a summer transfer bid for him.
Man United has expressed interest in perhaps adding Fati to their roster. They have been advised by Barcelona that he is not for sale, though this stance might change if the club’s financial problems worsen.
It appears that Ten Hag has a plan and is utilizing super-agent Jorge Mendes as a trump card. It is believed that he will use his familiarity with both companies to initiate a transaction that could prove to be costly.
Transfermarkt values Fati at €50 million (£44.8 million). Manchester United must surely approach this figure in order to achieve a deal with Barcelona.
Anthony Elanga might also be moved to Barcelona in order to assist a transfer, and it’s probable that this transfer will be for Raphinha or Fati.
By bringing down both Raphinha and Fati at the same time, Ten Hag might pull off a spectacular double move. Raphinha has already proven himself to be a star capable of competing in the Premier League while Fati is still a teenager.
The latter has a history of serious injury issues, but if he can stay in shape, he has the ability to surpass all records.
Xavi would have a huge setback if either of these players were to leave the team, as opposed to Ten Hag. His options for attacking would be constrained, and he would have to hunt for substitute players who were prepared to transfer on the market.