Xavi Badly Wants Attacker Likened To Both Messi, Ronaldo

KEY POINTS

  • Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is likely to rely on wingers in attack
  • Xavi reportedly views Barca loanee Francisco Trincao as great fit to his system
  • Wolves may not be keen on letting the 21-year-old return to Camp Nou

Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez is wasting no time in fixing his new club.

After reportedly laying out his set of rules as the new Barcelona manager, Xavi is now gauging what he can do to bolster his current roster.

The Barca boss is said to have already earmarked several potential reinforcements, and this includes Barcelona attacker Francisco Trincao, who is currently on loan at English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers, Spanish outlet Marca reported, citing Record.

Xavi, per the report, has already “asked” Barcelona’s technical bosses to launch a move for Trincao as he is likely to rely on natural wingers to “play with wide open ends  to have more space on the field.”

However, Ousmane Dembele has been inconsistent due to injuries, while Martin Braithwaite and Memphis Depay are more of natural forwards than wingers.

It was also noted that Xavi knows that there is an “extreme necessity” to bring in a player who could fill that position and the “solution” being considered at the moment is the return of Trincao, possibly in the January transfer window.

Xavi Hernandez will return to Barcelona where he is considered one of the club's greatest ever playersXavi Hernandez will return to Barcelona where he is considered one of the club’s greatest ever players Photo: l

The 21-year-old joined the Wolves this past summer on a season-long loan deal. This means that Barcelona would have to wait until June 30 before the club can finally open talks with the English side.

Moreover, the report added that Trincao has been “an important piece” in Bruno Lage’s system at Wolves and Barca may need to do a lot of convincing.

Indeed, Trincao’s return might not be as easy as it sounds with Wolves technical director Scott Sellar previously admitting they have long wanted the youngster on their squad.

“We’ve watched him a lot, especially over the last couple of months, so he’s been on our radar for quite a while,” Sellar said of Trincao in a statement.

“He’s got loads of quality–signing for Barcelona from Braga shows what potential he’s got. He’s 21 and has played quite a lot of games in La Liga, so we think he’s ready for the Premier League.”

Trincao, who has earned comparisons to both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, has yet to comment about his possible early return to Barcelona.

One thing certain at this point is that he wants to win with the Wolves.

“I’m looking forward to winning games here,” Trincao told Wolves official website before the start of the season.

“I’m another player to help the team, so I’m here to do my job, to work hard every day, every training session, and to help the team.”

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