Former Barcelona star Xavi has revealed the players he would sign if appointed as the club's manager. The former midfielder was touted as the ideal candidate to replace Ernesto Valverde earlier this year. The manager was sacked after Barcelona’s defeat against Atletico Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup and was subsequently replaced by Quique Setien.
While speaking to La Vanguardia, Xavi has claimed that he is ready to take over the reins at Barcelona amid the ongoing crisis at the club. However, the Spaniard also warned that he will not prefer to manage a toxic dressing room. He asserted that since he was now aware of his coaching skills, he would prefer re-joining Barcelona.
Xavi asserted that he sees himself in a project that starts from zero and where he is the main decision-maker pertaining to transfers. Xavi also claimed that he would rope in Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Neymar, who left Barcelona in 2017. Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho would also be a target claimed the World Cup winner.
Neymar and Jadon Sancho have been linked with a move away from their respective clubs this season. While Neymar harbours a dream return to Barcelona, Jadon Sancho looks to mark his return to the Premier League, although not with his former club Manchester City.
Neymar was on the verge of a return to Barcelona last summer. However, PSG held back on the transfer and the Brazilian went on to stay at the club. However, Barcelona mainstay Lionel Messi has repeatedly stated that he wants the Brazilian back at Camp Nou.
Meanwhile, Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho is linked with the likes of Man United, Chelsea and Liverpool. The 19-year-old has been vocal regarding his desire of playing in the Premier League next season. Man United remain the favourites to get their hands on the England international.