Xavi has the OK to sign a player in January

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Xavi Hernandez signed for Barcelona, knowing that the club had severe financial problems. He accepted the challenge, convinced of the squad’s quality and hoping there would be margin for a few changes in January. Despite the difficult numbers, the club have told Xavi that they will be able to sign at least one player in January, along with Dani Alves. It will only be on loan, but Xavi knows the profile of player he wants.

Barça, with Koeman on the bench, had planned for a physical midfielder to arrive, but the club stopped the two operations they had open. Xavi thinks they have enough cover there.

Another thing is what might happen next summer, but for now, they are just looking for a winger who can play across the attack. Xavi is worried about Barça’s goal power.

Losing Suarez, Messi and Griezmann strips the team of a lot of attacking power, especially while Ansu and Dembele are injured.

Barca want a player who can guarantee 15 goals. They have various reports and prices. The profile is clear: players who aren’t getting enough minutes for their teams but have shown they have the quality. They would need to be willing to come for six months on loan and be at an advanced age. 

Xavi likes the youth in his dressing room but adding quality and veteranship would help. Raheem Sterling is the oft mentioned option but his price might make him too impossible for the club to reach.

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