A Barcelona delegation, with the blessing of Josep Maria Bartomeu and the board, are working hard in Qatar to convince Xavi Hernandez to become the club's new manager on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Sporting director Eric Abidal and CEO Oscar Grau will meet with Xavi again on Saturday after his Al Sadd side won 4-1 against Al-Rayann to reach the Qatar Cup final. They had previously spoken with him on Friday.
They now hope to close an agreement with Xavi to replace Ernesto Valverde, whose future has been thrown into doubt following the Spanish Supercopa defeat at the hands of Atletico Madrid in Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Xavi, SPORT have learned, plans to give Barça a definitive response in the coming hours, having given them Sunday as the day when everything must be decided one way or another.
The former Barcelona midfielder has doubts because he doesn't believe it would be elegant to leave his current team, All Sadd, with the season still ongoing.
But, on the other hand, he has his passion for Barça. He has never hid from the fact he would love to coach at the club one day in the future.