Xavi warns Barcelona not to sign Aubameyang or Sadio Mane

BARCELONA icon Xavi has urged the Catalan giants NOT to splash out on Premier League stars Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sadio Mane.

The former midfield general rates the quality of Arsenal skipper Aubameyang and Liverpool ace Mane but feels they would not fit in well at the Nou Camp.

Xavi, who now manages Qatari club Al-Sadd, feels the superstar duo – who shared the 2018-19 Premier League Golden Boot with Mo Salah – may have trouble adjusting to Barca boss Quique Setien’s style of play.

He said: “Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space. But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces.

“I am thinking about player who would adapt to Barcelona and it’s not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now.”

World Cup winner Xavi, 40, has had his say on which forward he would like to see in the Barca squad.

Liverpool target Timo Werner and Lionel Messi’s compatriot Lautaro Martinez have both been linked with the Spanish club.

However, former Barca skipper Xavi would prefer to see Brazilian Neymar return to the club from Paris Saint-Germain.

Xavi added: “Football-wise he is among the three or five best in the world. I hope that he returns to Barcelona. He was his team-mate. He would add a lot.

“A positive character. It would be an extraordinary signing to become a difference-maker.”


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