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10 Players Linked With Barca After Xavi Arrival

With big changes expected at Barcelona in the coming months, here are 10 players who have emerged as potential transfer targets for new manager Xavi Hernandez, including two Manchester United stars.

Click through the gallery above to see 10 stars on Xavi's radar, according to various reports.

The 41-year-old returned to the Catalan giants as boss this week, and seems to already be intent on making personnel changes to his side in order to improve the team's performances, if reports are to be believed.

While Xavi is likely to prioritise using those from Barcelona's famed La Masia academy, it has been suggested that the Spaniard has set his sights on a few outsiders ahead of the coming January transfer window.

According to several publications in England and Spain, Manchester City's Raheem Sterling is a genuine option for last season's Copa del Rey winners considering his current situation under Pep Guardiola.

The winger appears to have lost his key role in the Citizens' side, with rumours recently suggesting that he went close to leaving the Premier League champions in the window at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.

Despite the apparent interest pre-dating Xavi, Sterling reportedly remains on the LaLiga club's radar and could be seeking an exit from City as soon as January so as to ensure himself a place in Gareth Southgate's 2022 FIFA World Cup selection.

Spanish news outlets have also suggested that the new Blaugrana coach is eyeing a loan swoop for Chelsea forward Timo Werner, with the Germany international having battled for consistency since leaving RB Leipzig in 2019.

Free agent Dani Alves, 38, has emerged as a possible target for Xavi, who formed a close relationship with the Brazilian during their years together in Barcelona's first team.

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Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette has also been linked with the Spanish giants since the change of manager, as have United duo Edinson Cavani and Donny van de Beek.

While the Uruguayan's deal in England runs out in 2022, the Dutchman could be on the lookout for regular football.

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