- Xavi Hernandez has been reportedly approached by Spanish side Barcelona
- The former Spanish star is being wanted as a replacement for under-fire Ernesto Valverde
- But Al-Sadd, which Xavi currently manages, has denied any meeting between Barcelona and their manager
Xavi Hernandez has been reportedly offered a lucrative deal to become new Barcelona manager as pressure continues to mount on current club's boss Ernesto Valverde.
The former Spanish international is presently the manager of Qatari club Al-Sadd, but an agreement with both sides may see him depart Doha for Camp Nou.
Barcelona have suffered a couple of defeats, leaving Valverde's position threatened, with recent Super Cup fall to Atletico Madrid being the last straw that broke the camel's back.
The Catalans are now looking for a way to solve their problems, with Xavi considered as a potential replacement for under-fire Valverde.
Xavi is considered the club's greatest star in the modern era football having spent almost his football career playing for them.
Ronald Koeman, Roberto Martínez and Thierry Henry have also been considered for Barcelona job but Xavi seems to be the leading candidate should his club Al-Sadd leave him for fresh challenges.
According to Mirror UK, Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau met with Xavi in Doha after Thursday's Super Cup clash in Saudi Arabia.
But Al-Sadd's general manager Turki Al-Ali has denied any meeting between Xavi and Barcelona, saying the manager is focused on his current job.
“The issue of Xavi going to Barcelona is normal and expected,'' Al-Ali said.
"He will be at his club and it’s his first home and he must return there in the future, but as of today, Xavi is the coach of Al Sadd.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Lionel Messi was left furious as he was raging at his teammates after Barcelona squandered an earlier lead to suffer a disappointing 3-2 defeat to La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid.
The Argentine star scored for the Spanish champions but his presence could not save Barcelona from the messy collapse in the Super Cup semi-final on Thursday night, January 9, in Jeddah.
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