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Barcelona Make Contact With Former Player Over Possible Transfer

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Barcelona Make Contact With Former Player Over Possible Transfer

Barcelona have been linked with yet another former player, having previously been linked with a move for Alexis Sanchez in January.

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Xavi has a lot of work to do to turn around the fortunes of Barcelona, with the team currently 18 points behind rivals and league leaders Real Madrid.

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The Catalan giants had money issues in the summer, leading to PSG signing Lionel Messi, but are expected to have money to spend in the summer.

With Sergio Aguero retiring, the club have been linked with a number of strikers, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Edinson Cavani and a return for Sanchez all rumoured.

However, Xavi clearly isn't just looking at bolstering his attack, with the club having made contact with defender Marc Bartra over a return to the Nou Camp, according to SPORT.

Bartra tussles with Memphis Depay. Image: PA Images
Bartra tussles with Memphis Depay. Image: PA Images
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Bartra has been playing for Real Betis, and is now in his fourth season for the club, becoming an integral part of Manuel Pellegrini's team.

The Seville based side have won 11 of the 12 games the defender, who now plays centre back, has played in La Liga so far this campaign, including against Barcelona.

Bartra sees Xavi as a mentor from his first time at the club and it could be a deciding factor for the 30-year-old, whose deal ends next year.

Bartra has played over 100 games for Barcelona. Image: PA Images
Bartra has played over 100 games for Barcelona. Image: PA Images
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Barca have conceded 19 goals in the league this season, and were also beaten 3-0 on three occasions during their Champions League group campaign, that saw them knocked out.

Defender Clement Lenglet came under fire for smiling with Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the final of those three losses in Europe.

The club are also desperate to get rid of Samuel Umtiti, with their defensive problems nowhere near being fixed, which is why they may need Bartra.

As well as the former Borussia Dortmund defender, and Sanchez, the club have already signed a former star, with Dani Alves returning to the Nou Camp.

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The list of names being linked with the club hints at a lack of a plan, as they continue to attempt recovery from years of being mismanaged.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Barcelona, Transfers, Xavi, La Liga

Ryan Sidle
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