A new report from MARCA has shed some light on Barcelona’s project for the upcoming season. It appears the club are determined to meet Xavi Hernandez’s wishes and offer him the strongest possible team heading into the new season.
Xavi has identified many problem areas within the squad, with one of them being the right-back position.
Barcelona currently have three viable options at right-back in the form of Sergino Dest, Sergi Roberto and Dani Alves. The report suggests Roberto could be on his out of Camp Nou in the summer after struggling to find an agreement over a renewal.
But amid worries over the long-term future of Dani Alves, it appears the Brazilian is keen on extending his stay at Camp Nou and could thus be offered a renewal that could guarantee his stay until 2023.
After arriving in January, Alves has played a vital role in helping Barcelona rejuvenate themselves under the leadership of Xavi. His experience, leadership and mentality have revved up the Barça unit, which is currently revolving around the infusion of young talents.
Xavi rates Dani Alves highly because of his influence in the dressing room. For this reason, he has expressed his desire to keep hold of the Brazilian for at least another season.
Alves himself could find a prolonged stay at Camp Nou viable given the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2022. Although the veteran cannot hope to become a first-choice regular at Barcelona next season, he could still compete with Dest for a place in the starting eleven.
However, the report does add that Alves’ future at Barça is far from sealed. Although the player is determined to continue, his fate could depend on the club’s pursuit of Cesar Azpilicueta.
The experienced Chelsea defender is one of Xavi’s top targets in the market, but due to an extension clause, he won’t leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer this summer.
It has made the operation quite tricky for Barcelona, and it won’t be surprising to see the Spaniard remaining in west London for another season.