Barcelona Manager Xavi Hernandez has clarified his plans for next season with regard to his starting XI with the expectation that six new faces will arrive.
Xavi, 42, succeeded Ronald Koeman as Barça’s manager in November, signing a two-year deal with the club, which was a huge success in his playing days.
The Spaniard will see an impressive turnaround at the Nou Camp, bringing Barcelona to the top of the table in 2nd place.
But next season is the moment when a real analysis of Xavi’s team can be made, as this is the first full season of the Barça coach at the helm.
The Barça boss is expected to continue with Marc-Andre ter Stegan in the door despite reservations about his form last season.
The German goalkeeper played 48 games, keeping 15 clean sheets, but he may not have had his most impressive campaign so far.
It is reported that he wants to refresh his back line with the arrival of Chelsea duet of Marcos Alonso and Cesar Aspilicueta.
It is reported that Marcos Alonso wants to move to Barcelona this summer, wanting to return to his homeland (according to Fabrizio Romano).
While Aspilicueta continues to be associated with the move to Barça, The sun. reports that the La Liga giants want the veteran defender to apply for a transfer.
Their former Chelsea teammate Andreas Christensen has it according to reports has already agreed to join a three-year contract.
Ronald Araujo is a reserve for the continuation of the central defender and can be partnered by the defender of Seville Jules Kunde.
SPORT reports that Xavi wants Kunde to join Araujo in a new form of central defender, which is headed for next season.
Usman Dembele seems ready to leave the club, and Leeds United striker Rafinha is in the sights of Barça to replace him.
The Catalan giants continue their pursuit Robert Lewandowski with the legendary striker, eager to move to Barça.
He is likely to replace Pierre-Emerick Obameyang as Barcelona’s starting central striker, with Ansu Fati taking over from the left.
Barcelona options from the bench
The Barça boss Xavi will have many options in his team, adding real depth to his team in Blaugrana.
Gavi will join inevitably a new signing Frank Cassie and young Nico Gonzalez on the bench.
Christensen, Gerard Pique, Ferran Torres, Eric Garcia, Sergi Roberto, Pablo Torre and Jordi Alba are expected to be part of the team from the bench.