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Xavi to leave Barcelona for Qatar

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Barcelona and Spain's World Cup winner, Xavi, is reportedly close to accepting a three year offer of around €8.3 million a year, to join his former international team mate Raul in Qatar.

The Marca has reported that Bayram Tutumlu, the agent of Michael Laudrup, who was recently on business relating to his client in the Middle East, met with a number of high profile Qatari's involved in football that told him an offer had been officially presented.

Bayram Tutumlu also added that he was told a pre-contract had already been signed.

"They assured me that he has received an offer to play for three seasons earning a net figure of €8.3 million for each one. I was even told that a contract had been signed, although I didn't actually see it,"

What really drew Bayram Tutumlu's attention was who was behind structuring the deal and making it happen, Xavi's agent, Pini Zahavi and former Barcelona president Joan Laporte.

"The deal has been done by Pini Zahavi and a company called Sport One Middle East, which boasts Abdallah Lemsagam as one of its agents. Although Joan Laporta and Alejandro Echevarría are also involved,"

There is no love lost between Bayram Tutumlu and Joan Laporte following a court battle between the two while Laporte was president of Barcelona, and Tutumlu couldn't help taking a shot at the former Barcelona man.

"It's a shame that Laporta is flying all over the world looking to make some money and a living."

The alleged deal might come as a shock to Barcelona fans as the 34-year old has only known one club, and after almost 500 appearances and countless trophies for the Catalan Giants, it would have been fitting for the playmaker to have said a proper goodbye to the fans that adore him.

Xavi is currently in Brazil with the Spanish national team looking to make history as the only country to win two successive European and World Cup's, and one imagines that nothing concrete will be released about his future until after the showpiece in Brazil.

It has also been said that former international teammate Raul, has been trying to convince Xavi to join him in Qatar for some time, the Real Madrid legend joining Al Sadd in 2012 for a sizeable amount of money.

At 34-years old and with a new coach in former team mate Luis Enrique set to take over the mantle at Barcelona, a move away from his beloved club could be well timed.

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