Despite finding themselves in a precarious financial situation, Barcelona are pressing ahead with their transfer plans for the summer, even though in the current state, they are not in a position to sign and register new players.
While much of the talk has been about Barça’s pursuit of Robert Lewandowski, they are also in the market for a central midfielder who can compete with captain Sergio Busquets before eventually replacing him in the long run.
Multiple players like Martin Zubimendi, Aurelien Tchouameni and Ruben Neves have been considered for the role before Barcelona settled in on the latter as the most viable option to strengthen the position.
Now, SPORT is reporting that Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has taken matters into his own hands and personally called Ruben Neves to try and convince him to sign for the Catalans in the summer.
The 25-year-old has been with Wolves for five years now but hinted that he could be ready for his next move with his comments on the final matchday of the 2021/22 campaign.
The Portuguese international has been courting interest from the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United as well, apart from Barcelona. So, manager Xavi decided to speak to Neves personally in order to ensure that the midfielder chooses Camp Nou over any other destination.
The report further states that Neves is convinced by the sporting project put forth by Barça and is keen on joining forces with Xavi at the Catalan club.
But for a transfer to materialise, Barcelona will first need to get their finances in order. The club are not in a position to register any new players, which has put the free transfers of Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on hold.
At the same time, they have also been forced to push back Sergi Roberto’s contract extension despite having an agreement in place.
So, for the club to complete a deal for Neves or any other player, it is imperative that president Joan Laporta resolves the financial situation at the earliest possible.