Xavi Hernandez has reportedly reached a deal with FC Barcelona to take over from Ronald Koeman who was fired in plane as the Catalan club returned to Catalonia after another embarrassing outing, this time against La Liga minnows Rayo Vallecano.
CitizensAlert reported previously that FC Barcelona president Joan Laporta has been reluctant towards appointing the former midfielder despite the fact that his appointment was endorsed by members of the board. Laporta seems to have changed his mind, especially as the appointment is popular amongst the board of directors at the club.
Now that the deal between Barcelona and Xavi has been sealed, FC Barcelona must negotiate with Xavi’s current Qatari employers Al Sadd for the release of the former midfield maestro. Xavi has a one million euros release clause in his contract, which a financially wrecked Barcelona shouldn’t struggle to afford.
SPORT reports that the deal could be made public in the coming hours if Al Sadd are open to letting Xavi leave and if the necessary conditions are met.
Barcelona and Xavi have also reached an agreement on his technical crew. Sources say that Oscar, his brother, and Sergio Alegre, will form part of his assistants, whilst Ivan Torres will be fitness coach.
The deal was agreed after Mateu Alemany and Rafa Yuste flew to Doha to hold negotiations with the Al Sadd coach.
In the meantime, Albert Capellas will be the interim coach until Barcelona and Al Sadd come to a definitive agreement.