Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson looks set to beat off competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea to the signature of EURO 2008 star Xavi from La Liga giants Barcelona, according to reports.
28-year-old Xavi is a product of the Barca youth set-up and has been at the Catalan club since 1991, but has not been able to agree a new deal at the Nou Camp, with the Spanish International’s current contract due to run out in 2010.
Contract negotiations at the Nou Camp have stalled between Barca and Xavi, with the midfielder, who was voted player of the tournament at EURO 2008 feeling that the deal on offer at Barcelona does not reflect his importance to the Spanish side or his performances on the pitch.
Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola declared recently that Xavi would not be sold while he remained in charge at the Nou Camp, but Xavi’s agent Ivan Corretja has revealed that Xavi has not been able to resolve the situation at Barca and that the midfielder is wanted by a host of European clubs, especially in the Premiership.
Corretja, told The Daily Star: “We have not been able to solve the situation at Barcelona, despite some months of negotiations. We feel he should be offered a deal which reflects his performances on the pitch.
“Everybody at Barcelona knows that there are some big European clubs interested in Xavi, particularly in England at the moment, and we will not allow this to go on forever.”
Ferguson is monitoring the situation at the Nou Camp, with an offer in the region of £20million being mooted in the January transfer window to bring Xavi to Old Trafford. However, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is also keen to pair Xavi with countryman Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates Stadium, with Liverpool and Chelsea also reportedly interested in the central-midfielder.