BERLIN – Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is hopeful his team will reach his goals in the upcoming summer transfers, but he has not confirmed whether Norway’s Earling Holland will be one of his club’s chasing stars.
And the Spanish newspaper (Mundo Deportivo) on Wednesday, raising hopes that Barcelona will win the race for German striker Borussia Dortmund’s Holland.
The 21-year-old Holland is associated with a group of elite clubs in Europe led by Barcelona’s rival Real Madrid, and has scored 80 goals in 79 appearances against Dortmund in all competitions since joining the German team. Years ago.
Only Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski of Poland has scored 115 goals in 97 appearances since January 2020.
Hollande’s current contract with Dortmund has a penalty of 75 million euros ($ 82 million) at the end of the current season, while Barcelona are still in a severe financial crisis.
Although Xavi has not confirmed whether Barcelona can include Holland, he insisted that joining the Catalan squad is a goal for any player, despite the trials the Spanish club has experienced in recent times.
“You say I met Holland – I do not know it!” Xavier told a news conference on Wednesday before meeting with Barcelona’s Galatasaray in the first leg of the 16th round of the European League on Thursday.
“Any player would want to join Barcelona anytime,” Xavi said. “No footballer has ever said no to Barcelona since I came here.”
“The player we want to sign, we talk to him and tell him about the best style of play and training sessions,” the Barcelona coach added.
” If you hit the ball 20 times at another club, you’ll touch it 40 times here. The club, the wonderful city, the history of Barcelona … I will try to convince any player that coming to Barcelona is a golden opportunity. “
Speculation about Hollande’s future may continue for a few more months, but Barcelona hope to do some other relocation work before then.
Xavi’s and Ronald Arazo’s contracts expire next year, while the club are currently trying to extend the contract with new terms.
“They are two very important players. The club is very good and they are a priority for us,” Xavi confirmed.
“It’s a process,” Xavi said. “Sometimes negotiations take a long time. We hope to reach an agreement in favor of the club.”
During the meeting with his guest Galatasaray, Barcelona are looking forward to not breaking his record in the eighth match in a row in all competitions.
Although Barcelona are considered the most desirable team to win the European League title next May, Xavi believes they are the team to beat Sevilla, the team that has won the most titles in the Continental.
“I don’t think they were our favorites to win this championship,” Xavi said.
“One of the things we want to win, we have to prove it on the field. There is excitement in Barcelona. Every match here is a test, but we have not done anything yet,” the Spanish coach stressed.
It is noteworthy that Barcelona met Galatasaray in eight matches, as Barcelona learned that the last meeting between the two teams took place in a group stage in November 2002, and continued to try to beat their Turkish rival in the fourth match in a row. The Champions League and the game are over. Spain wins 3-1.
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