Barcelona activated their coaching search once Xavi Hernández publicly announced that he would not continue beyond 30 June.
The sporting director, Deco, recently claimed he had not made any moves to appoint a successor as they still do not know how the club will be in terms of fair play and, he still cannot give any coach a guarantee about the margin and spending power they might have in the summer.
But several names are already being discussed within the club, with the idea being that the coach who comes in will have to adapt to the current reality of Barcelona, which is restrictive in terms of the salary margin for signings.
Barça are looking for a coach who has a great capacity for work, a strong personality, an eminently offensive style, who improves the performance of his players, and if he prefers the 4-3-3 formation then even better.
To that end, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that the following six names are in contention to likely replace Xavi at the end of the season.
Luis Enrique (PSG)
When asked about the possibility of replacing Xavi at Barcelona, Luis Enrique opted not to respond, but his name continues to be linked with a return to Catalonia. He is a coach who is very appealing because he is a Barça icon, won a treble as a manager in 2015, and guarantees attacking play, physical intensity, and maximum demand.
The problem is that he has a contract with Paris Saint-Germain until 2025 and Luis Enrique usually honours his commitments.
Mikel Arteta (Arsenal)
Mikel Arteta is very much liked at Barcelona for his attacking style, his taste for combination football, and his competitive nature. Another factor working in his favour is that he knows perfectly well what the Barça DNA is, given he was trained at La Masia.
The downside is that Arteta is contracted with Arsenal until 2025 and has a good relationship with the club. And recently, he ruled out leaving the club in the summer.
Roberto De Zerbi (Brighton)
The Brighton & Hove Albion boss is seen as…
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Author : Michel Durant
Publish date : 2024-02-09 08:36:32
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