The Portuguese midfielder is liked by Xavi and the directors but a deal needs work
Xavi’s involvement in the planning of signings is total. The coach is conscious of the economic difficulties Barcelona are going through and knows what he can bring to the table could be crucial to convince players and make deals slightly cheaper.
The coach has made the effort of speaking with the players that he wants to bring in, independently of whether they can be signed or not. For the midfield position, he’s got into contact with Ruben Neves, who could be the replacement long term for Sergio Busquets. The Portuguese was chosen as the most viable operation.
Barcleona would have liked to sign Tchouameni but Real Madrid have moved in quickly and can afford him. With no Mbappe, Madrid have a lot of money to spend elsewhere.
Neves is excited to join Barcelona and he knows Xavi wants him.