Manchester City are looking to kick-start a new era at Eastlands, after qualifying for the Champions League, with the signing of Spanish World Cup winner Xavi, reports The Mirror.
The 31-year-old is aiming to win his third European Cup in five years against Manchester United later this month, and City believe the midfielder could be tempted away from Barcelona if the offer was right.
With City keen to make sure that their venture into the Champions League isn’t a want off, the club’s owners are prepared to break the bank for the Spaniard, who came third in the running for the Ballon d’Or award in each of the past two years.
Even with the likes of Patrick Vieira and Michael Johnson both expected to leave the club, Xavi would come into a squad already full to the brim with midfield players, but his calibre alone could lead to more exits.
City have UEFA’s fair play regulations hanging over their head going in to this summer, and are keen to sell on many of their prized assets, which may include Carlos Tevez.
The club travel to Wembley this weekend to take on Stoke City in the FA Cup final, their first final for 20 years, with an opportunity to break a sequence of 35 years without a trophy.
After being defeated by Tottenham Hotspur in the race for the fourth automatic Champions League spot last season, City sought revenge this season and overcame Spurs on Tuesday night to secure their spot among Europe’s elite.