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Barcelona boss Xavi reveals favored attacking targets for potential January transfer

Barcelona boss Xavi reveals favored attacking targets for potential January transfer

Ferran Torres & Dano Olmo on Xavi’s wishlist

New Barcelona boss Xavi is wasting no time in making plain his desire to add quality at the Camp Nou in the wake of his appointment as successor to former headmaster Ronald Koeman.

According to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Xavi is keen on targeting reinforcements on the flank and has set his sights on Spanish pair Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo as his preferred candidates for January business.

In the report, reference is made to Xavi’s tactical intentions to focus on efficient and effective play on the flanks to stretch the opposition full-backs and keep them on the back foot and thus unable to influence proceedings further forward. Versatile wingers capable of being deployed on either side are the preference of the Barça icon, with Torres and Olmo being the preferred targets ahead of Torres’ Manchester City teammate Raheem Sterling.

But Olmo seems far more likely to be open to leaving current employers RB Leipzig for a return to Barcelona after the Catalan-native had previously spoken openly about his desire to go back to his footballing roots while being closer to his family in the process.

As for Torres, despite his current injury, the Spanish international has come on strongly in his development under City boss Pep Guardiola who has helped the former Valencia starlet to adapt to a center-forward role since his arrival at the Etihad and is in no hurry to leave the blue half of Manchester any time soon.

Further recruitment at the Camp Nou is needed

Not only is Barcelona now linked with a move for a wide player, but the club has also recently been linked with interest in center-forward options.

Man City winger one of two players earmarked by new Barcelona boss Xavi in January wish list

Chelsea’s Timo Werner (left) celebrates scoring their side’s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at London Stadium. Picture date: Saturday April 24, 2021. (Photo by Andy Rain/PA Images via Getty Images)

Chelsea’s Timo Werner and Manchester United’s Edinson Cavani have both been mentioned as potential targets for Xavi as soon as the January window in the wake of Sergio Agüero’s long recovery as well as Luuk de Jong already being linked with leaving the club during the winter window.

Additionally, Danish international forward Martin Braithwaite is also sidelined by injury currently, leaving just Dutch international star Memphis Depay as the only trusted option available to Xavi in the number 9 role.

If all things go according to Xavi’s wishes, Barcelona should be rather occupied over the next few transfer windows as the former midfield general looks to get the club back on track as soon as possible.

Aminat Aigbe

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