Barcelona reach agreement in principle with Xavi Hernandez replacement

Barcelona have been discussing the future of Xavi Hernandez over the past week, and it appears they have made a firm decision. Following a meeting between sporting director Deco and Hansi Flick, Barcelona have reportedly reached an agreement with the former Bayern Munich manager.

The Blaugrana have not yet informed Xavi of their decision to leave him, and they still have to negotiate his exit package, which is set to cost them between €15m and €20m, if a mutual agreement is not reached. Xavi's camp has hinted that they would be willing to reach a deal for his exit, but it remains to be seen how much they are willing to compromise.

They have found common ground with Flick's agent Pini Zahavi, with a two-year contract for the German manager on the table. El Chiringuito first reported the news, and Diario AS confirmed it. Flick has been learning Spanish since Xavi's job security came into question in January, rejecting any other paths, and has always been one of the candidates with President Joan Laporta. He also hired Zahavi in ​​February for the job, and it appears the Israeli agent will come through in his favour.

It remains to be seen what happens with the other main candidate Rafael Marquez, who is approaching the end of his two-year spell at Barcelona Athletic without a new deal on the table. He is thought to be Deco's favorite candidate, but it is suggested he could leave this summer.

If the deal goes through, Barcelona will have pulled the plug on the most humiliating European defeat in its history. Flick's hat-trick at Bayern was one of the greatest seasons in their history, but since then there has been some backlash against his management in Germany, following a disappointing spell in the national team.


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