Xavi clashes with Barcelona chief as Cristiano Ronaldo transfer plan emerges

Xavi clashes with Barcelona chief as Cristiano Ronaldo transfer plan emerges

Xavi clashes with Barcelona chief over Cristiano Ronaldo transfer plan Long-serving Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets could join Cristiano Ronaldo at Saudi Arabian club Al-Nasr.

The Catalan club are divided over how to replace him. Barcelona boss Xavi Hernandez and club president Joan Laporta are reportedly at loggerheads over how the club should replace outgoing veteran midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Barca supremo Laporta is pushing for the club to sign Portugal international Ruben Neves as the club supremo shares a close relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes and Xavi prefers Real Sociedad midfielder Martin Zubimendi.

Busquets is leaving the Camp Nou as his contract at the club expires with the signing of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr expected to be completed and Cristiano Ronaldo completing a surprise move to Al-Nasr for £173million a year.

The deal comes after Ronaldo ended his relationship with Manchester United by mutual consent in November following an explosive interview with Piers Morgan. He could now link up with experienced midfielder Busquets who is believed to be on Al-Nassr’s radar and could be a high-profile player to link up with Ronaldo.

Yet Barca are in a quandary on how to replace Busquets. The Catalan club’s sporting directorate is even advising that the club do not need to sign a replacement for the deep-lying midfielder, but as Frenkie de Jong may be able to fill the role.

De Jong has been at loggerheads with the club’s board, including criticism of him for leaking details of his contract this summer and Barca’s latest attempt to persuade the midfielder to take a pay cut are ready to reject and the Dutchman’s role in Xavi’s side has not been fully defined.

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