- Barcelona boss Xavi wants Kimmich
- Club has cheaper alternatives available
- Spaniards still in financial trouble
What’s the news?
Barcelona manager Xavi has confirmed to reporters that he is interested in signing Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich, but only if the German club is open to letting the midfielder leave. Barcelona is in search of a replacement for Sergio Busquets, who recently announced his departure from the Catalan club. Xavi emphasized that Barcelona is looking for a top player and specifically mentioned Kimmich’s name.
What did Xavi say?
When asked about Kimmich, Xavi said, “He is a super top player, who understands the game in a fantastic way. If there is an open door, there will be a negotiation with Bayern,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo. “What is clear is that we need a player of a very high level in that position, otherwise, it will be very difficult to compete next year. The club already knows that if I have to call someone or travel, I do it because, to begin with, I’m a culé and now I’m the Barcelona coach.”
Various players are currently being linked to Barcelona, with Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi reportedly being the preferred choice. The 24-year-old Spaniard is at the top of Xavi’s wish list but could cost Barcelona around €60 million. Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Ruben Neves is a cheaper option as he will be available on a free transfer this summer. However, Xavi would not refuse Kimmich if the German player becomes available.
What’s next for Barcelona?
While Barcelona is busy trying to sign new players, it remains uncertain whether the club will be able to participate in the transfer market at all. The club is still facing financial difficulties and is hoping for approval of the financial plan they have submitted by the Spanish league. If that doesn’t happen, Barcelona will need to make significant savings before considering signing new players.