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Xavi refuses the return of Chilean striker – report

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Despite all the rumours and speculations, it seems like Alexis Sanchez will not be following in the footsteps of Dani Alves and returning to Barcelona.

The 32-year-old Chilean forward spent three years at Camp Nou between 2011 and 2014. Now at Inter Milan, he had been linked with a shock return to Barça in the upcoming January transfer window.

Reports had claimed that the Catalans were in advanced talks to bring Sanchez back to the club, with him signing on loan till the end of the season. As part of the deal, Luuk de Jong, who is already at the club on a temporary arrangement from Sevilla, would be joining the Serie A champions for the second half of the campaign.

It was believed that the only thing left for the deal to go through was a go-ahead from manager Xavi Hernandez. However, now Fichajes is reporting that the 41-year-old has decided to veto such a move for the winter transfer window.

The report claims that Xavi is of the belief that Sanchez is nowhere near the level he was at when he represented Barcelona during his first stint. In addition to that, the former Arsenal and Manchester United attacker also commands very high wages.

All these factors worked against the Chilean, with Xavi deciding not to go through with the deal. Instead, the Barça head coach will continue to push for the signing of Ferran Torres from Manchester City.

A move for the 21-year-old is not going to be straightforward either. While the retirement of Sergio Aguero has created room on the club’s salary bill, the Citizens are still demanding a large sum for their attacker. And with funds lacking at the club, Joan Laporta & co. are unlikely to be able to pull off the signing until players are offloaded.

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