Barcelona is expected to announce Xavi Hernandez as the new head coach today.
Barcelona executives Mateu Alemay and Rafa Yuste have been in Doha for a couple of days to complete Xavi’s move to Camp Nou.
And as we head into to the weekend, it is now pretty clear that former Barca midfielder will be the next head coach of Barcelona.
Xavi will Succeed Ronald Koeman, who was sacked last week after visiting the palace of current club Al-Sadd chairman to discuss his release on Thursday night.
Xavi won’t be in charge of Barca for their clash with Celta on Saturday, but he will have time to get settled over the international break ahead of taking charge of the derby with Espanyol after the break.
Sport outlet Mundo Deportivo confirmed there will be one final meeting on Friday to sort out Xavi’s exit, and if an agreement can’t be reached by all then Barca may just end paying his €5 million release clause.
Catalunya Radio have a similar report and believe an official announcement will be made today or tomorrow as the deal is close.
Barcelona have apparently offered a friendly with Al Sadd in Doha or even in the Gamper Trophy as an alternative to paying the release clause.
According to reports from Doha, the former Spanish Captain will be willing pay some of the release clause out of his own pocket if necessary.