Xavi is looking to revamp his Barcelona side with new a few classy players from the Premier League in January, according to Diario Sport.
Barcelona signed Memphis Depay, Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia on free transfers last summer due to their financial problems, and sources say the club will continue to look for out-of-contract players and loan options due to the club’s financial difficulties.
After Dani Alves completed his return to Camp Nou on Monday after signing as a free agent, six new players have been linked with the LaLiga giants, including five Chelsea stars.
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Xavi wants to raid Chelsea for five players, including Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech.
Azpilicueta enters the final six months of his Chelsea contract this winter. Barcelona are monitoring The Spain international’s situation and would be ready to bring him to Camp Nou during the summer when the Chelsea captain could be available on a free transfer.
Chelsea are hopeful that they can convince their captain to remain at Stamford Bridge, given he has performed well after Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as head coach.
The report claims that Xavi is keen on signing Azpilicueta because of his versatility which allows him to play in multiple defensive positions.
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The 3 wingers, as well as Marcos Alonso, have struggled for regular game-time under Thomas Tuchel, being played in rotational roles over the season.
Obviously, the Blaugrana cannot afford to sign all three, so the club are looking to get a few players on loan.
At the same time, The Spanish giants are trying to cash in on Philippe Coutinho and Samuel Umtiti to potentially open up room in the budget.
The Blues are marching strongly in the Premier League and could do without some of these players.