Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: Xavi shows its ambitions for this winter!

Posted on December 3, 2021 at 4.30 p.m. by Arthur Montagne

Present at a press conference, Xavi was widely questioned about the winter transfer window. And if he is fairly evasive about his desire for recruitment, the coach of FC Barcelona displays on the other hand a very clear feeling about Ousmane Dembélé.

Arrived on the bench FC Barcelona a few days ago, Xavi was able to assess his squad and seems to have clear ideas. His priority would be to strengthen his offensive sector in order to compensate for the long absence of Sergio Agüero whose future is uncertain because of his heart problems, but also because Luuk De Jong does not meet expectations. In this perspective, several names are circulating like Arthur Cabral (FC Basel), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United), Ferran Torres (Manchester City) or the two attackers of Chelsea Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech . However, Joan Laporta was not very optimistic. “Reinforcements in January?” We will try to strengthen the team if the coach asks for it, and he asked us to do so, but we don't have the pay margin at the moment and if we don't have it, we cannot sign. We must let the director of football work ”, explained the president of Barça during an interview on TV3.

Evasive about the transfer window, Xavi wants to keep Dembélé

Present at a press conference this Friday, Xavi was also asked about the winter transfer window. “It is still too early to tell. The club is working to strengthen itself in the winter market. If we want to strengthen ourselves, someone will have to leave because the economic situation is not good (…) I prefer to talk about the players we have. If we have to sign in January, we'll talk about it. I am clear with the club and I tell them what we need in each position ”, assures the coach of FC Barcelona before being relaunched on Edinson Cavani , announced in the viewfinder of Barça for this winter. “You haven't heard me before, have you?” (in reference to a previous question on the transfer window, editor's note). I think he's a good player, but I prefer to talk about the players I have in my team, ”adds Xavi , always discreet when it comes to talking about the transfer window. On the other hand, if there is one subject on which the former Catalan midfielder never changes his mind, it is of course Ousmane Dembélé whose contract extension must be the priority. of Barça according to Xavi . “It is not only the economic question, but also the project. He's a very important player and I still believe he can be the best player in his role. He is an example and I made him understand very clearly the project we have with him and he will be vital for us. I will not get into the question of numbers, but as far as the project is concerned, I think it could end up tipping the scales, ”he explains. The future of Ousmane Dembélé therefore seems to be the main obsession of Xavi .

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