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.
🚨 Xavi wants to sign a winger this winter for Barcelona: Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres are top of his transfer wish-list.
(Source: Mundo Deportivo) pic.twitter.com/NMOszIgZ9N
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) November 11, 2021
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.
📰[MD] | Xavi wants a fast, versatile winger with good shooting skills, and he likes Dani Olmo and Ferran Torres very much.
Bringing in Ferran Torres is practically impossible.
Olmo dreams of returning to Barça and is an option for the club.#FCBlive pic.twitter.com/H87ZFS8kCW
— BarçaTimes (@BarcaTimes) November 11, 2021
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.
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.
Luuk de Jong, Samuel Umtiti, and Neto are all expected to leave in January.
— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) November 11, 2021
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.