Manchester United is considering making a double move for two Barcelona players, which might imperil Xavi’s plans for the Camp Nou.
When Xavi was appointed manager of Barcelona in November 2021, he took over a team that was in trouble. Due to the team’s position of ninth in the La Liga standings, the Spanish giants had just fired Ronald Koeman.
The performance of Xavi as Barca’s manager was unknown. Having won 25 titles while playing for the club, he is a club legend, which always appeals to the fan base.
The former player had little prior experience leading a senior squad, though. When Barca called, he had been in charge of Qatari club Al Sadd for two years.
Despite the 43-year-lack old’s of prior expertise in top-level management, he has done a fantastic job with Barca thus far.
He assisted the Blaugrana’s ascent to second place in the standings last year. They may win the Spanish championship this season for the first time since 2018–19 because they are five points ahead of Real Madrid after 19 games.
Additionally, Xavi is assisting Barca in winning some cup matches. In the last month’s Spanish Super Cup final, they defeated Real Madrid 3-1. They also continue to compete in the Spanish Cup and Europa League.
However, Man Utd’s аɡɡгеꜱꜱivе transfer ambitions could scupper Barca’s development under Xavi. On Wednesday, it was геᴠеаlеd that Raphinha, a former Leeds winger, is Ten Hag’s target for a raid on Barcelona.
Man Utd could benefit from Barca’s financial difficulties.
According to a Spanish source, Cadena Ser, Barca will be forced to sell a prominent player in the summer due to financial difficulties, with Raphinha being the most likely candidate.
Raphinha’s performance at Leeds has led Ten Hag to believe that the Brazilian would be an excellent addition to his team. Raphinha excelled while wearing a Leeds jersey and at one time turned into their primary scorer.
Two players from Barcelona might now leave the club and join Old Trafford. Ansu Fati is a fellow attacker in whom Manchester United has a serious interest, according to the Spanish tabloid Sport.
Before making a summer transfer, Man Utd executives will monitor the 20-year-old winger over the next months.
Man Utd has explored the prospect of apprehending Fati. Barca has assured them that he is not for sale, but if their financial difficulties increase, that stance might change.
Jorge Mendes, a super-agent, seems to be Ten Hag’s ꜱеϲгеt tactic. He is believed to be using his intimate knowledge of both teams to cut a deal that may cost a lot of money.
Transfermarkt values Fati at €50 million (£44.8 million). To reach an agreement with Barca, Man Utd would definitely need to come close to this amount.
Additionally, there have been гᴜmогs that Anthony Elanga would be shipped to Barcelona to facilitate a trade for Raphinha or Fati.
Ten Hag would make a masterful double move if he were to land both Raphinha and Fati. While Fati is a teenager with lots of potential, Raphinha is a star who is ready for the Premier League.
Although the latter has experienced significant injury issues, if he can maintain his fitness, he might surpass all records.
Unlike Ten Hag, losing both of those players would be a serious setback for Xavi. It would limit his choices for attacking and require him to look for alternatives on the transfer market.