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Just in: Barcelona manager target Roberto De Zerbi set to leave Brighton

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The managerial merry-go-round in Europe continues as Brighton & Hove Albion have officially confirmed the departure of Roberto de Zerbi.

The Italian tactician will leave Brighton at the end of the season and will become a free agent this coming summer.

This news comes as a surprise to some, as De Zerbi had impressed in his short stint with the Seagulls, notably unearthing a series of talents while infusing a tactical identity within the team.

A boon for Barcelona?

De Zerbi’s departure reignites a potential link to Barcelona, a club that was heavily rumoured to be interested in him before ultimately deciding to retain Xavi Hernandez a few weeks ago.

However, recent developments suggest Xavi’s future at Camp Nou might be less certain than initially thought.

His public comments regarding the club’s financial struggles reportedly caused friction with President Joan Laporta, leading to renewed speculation about his position.

This turn of events could open a window of opportunity for Barcelona to revisit their interest in De Zerbi.

The Italian manager’s attacking philosophy and focus on youth development align well with Barcelona’s traditions and values. His success in maximizing Brighton’s potential on a limited budget would also be a welcome attribute for a cash-strapped Barcelona.

While the situation remains fluid, De Zerbi’s availability presents an intriguing option for Barcelona.

The club will need to make a swift decision regarding Xavi’s future, and if they opt for a change, De Zerbi could emerge as a serious contender to fill the managerial void at the Camp Nou.

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