Barcelona star Xavi Hernandez could be set for a move to Major League Soccer this summer, according to Catalunya Radio reports in Spain.
According to the report, Xavi apparently met with Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano in May. Manchester City are part-owners in NYCFC and Soriano knows Xavi from his days as a top executive at Barcelona.
When contacted by MLSsoccer.com about the story, a NYCFC spokesman indicated that the club does not comment on player rumors. Radio Catalunya says a final decision from Xavi could be coming in the coming days.
If Xavi were to sign with NYCFC, he would join fellow Spanish national team player David Villa, who became the 2015 expansion club's first signing in June, as well Frank Lampard - who despite not officially becoming a New York City player yet, looks set to join the expansion side.
Hernandez, 34, joined the Barcelona youth ranks as an 11-year-old in 1991 and played a prominent role with the club through this past season as they missed out on the La Liga title.
He has helped the team earn seven La Liga championships and three UEFA titles — all while guiding his country towards their first World Cup title win in history. The midfield maestro will be 35-years-old come January of next year.
It is thought that New York City's rivals, the Red Bulls, are also interested in the La Masia graduate. So who will the playmaker choose to join? His former teammate Thierry Henry at Red Bull Arena or ex-Barca head honchos Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano in the blue half of the Big Apple.
We could be finding out pretty soon.