Xavi insists age will be no barrier when Barcelona resume a close season as the Catalan legend continues to be linked with 33-year-old Robert Lewandowski.
Barcelona’s head coach said he has not finished discussing transfer plans with the club’s power-broker, and has not spoken to the team’s current players about the plans.
Bayern Munich frontman Lewandowski is reportedly keen to join Barcelona, while Xavi has not ruled out the exit of Frankie de Jong, who has been linked with Manchester United.
There remains uncertainty over whether Barcelona will have much financial clout in the transfer window, as they attempt to get through an economic crisis that has hit the Camp Nou hard.
It could be that the likes of de Jong – on top of their market value in what should be their prime years – will have to make sacrifices to bring in the quick-fix solutions that a player like veteran goal-getter Lewandowski can provide.
Xavi told a news conference: “What rules the club’s circumstances. I have an important part in decision-making. From here, we depend on the economic situation.
“In a few days we should know where we are to plan next season. The economic situation keeping us at bay clearly marks the present and future of the club.”
When asked about Dutch midfielder de Jong, Xavi said: “For me, he is a very important player. He has almost always been a starter, except when he has been rotated.
“He’s a fundamental footballer, but then there’s the financial situation of the club. He’s a player I like a lot, but we’re going to see how the situation pans out.”
Xavi said there are “untouchables” at Barcelona who should not be relegated, and although he did not name such players, the growing number of youngsters coming through the ranks such as Anu Fati, Pedri and Gavi probably fall into that category. Is.
Lewandowski, who has scored 49 goals in 45 appearances for Bayern this season, could be the player who allows Barcelona to close the gap to Real Madrid next season. Barcelona have come close to Madrid’s standards since Xavi’s appointment in November, following a disappointing start to the campaign under Ronald Koeman, but Los Blancos have won the LaLiga title with a comfortable cushion.
In light of Lewandowski’s report, Xavi was asked if he could sign experienced players and he was adamant on whether such stars have kept themselves in good shape.
“I signed Danny Alves when I was 38,” Xavi said. “It’s not age, it’s performance. Players take great care of themselves and every year they get more professional.
“Ibrahimovic, Modric, Dani Alves, they all have great performances at important clubs. Cristiano [Ronaldo] And [Lionel] Messi too. Age is not a priority. If it improves us, that’s the important thing.”
Xavi declined to say whether Barcelona would target a goalscorer, declaring it “is not the time to talk about it”.
However, he added: “The club knows what we need to be competitive. The board will ask us for the title, and we have to improve.”
Xavi, who faces Getafe in LaLiga on Sunday, explained: “We are talking a lot about the players for next year, but we still haven’t achieved the goal of a second-place finish. In a good spirit There are two games left to finish, then we will plan and make a decision.”