Barcelona are on the brink of saying farewell to club legend, Xavi Hernandez, with the brilliant midfielder expected to finish his career Stateside with new MLS franchise New York City FC, as reported by the Daily Mail.
There has been much speculation surrounding the future of the 34-year old midfield maestro and despite new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique stressing he wants his former team-mate to remain with the Catalan giants, Xavi is set to take on one last challenge away from the only club he has even known, bringing an end to a 23-year playing career with his beloved Barcelona.
A few weeks back it appeared Xavi had already agreed a move to Qatari club, Al Arabia, for around €8 million-per-year, a move that looked certain following comments by former Romanian international and manager of the club, Dan Petrescu, and Bayram Tutumlu, a representative of Michael Laudrup, who had the deal confirmed to him while on business in Qatar.
"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," Bayram Tutumlu told the media a few weeks back.
It has also been reported that a meeting has taken place between the player's agent, Barcelona's director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and president Josep Maria Bartomeu, where it was apparently decided that they will grant the player his wishes to leave the club he has served all of his career if he chooses to do so, despite still having two-years left to run on his contract.
It was also said that former international team-mate and Real Madrid legend, 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.
Barcelona are expected to announce today that Xavi's career has finished at the Camp Nou and that they have negotiated a final pay-out with the legend on the remaining two years left on his contract.
The news paves the way for one final challenge for the 34-year old, however it appears that Qatar is no longer the move that the player is expected top take.
Manchester City's new MLS franchise, New York City FC, are now hot favourites to add the midfielder to their star studded line-up in 2015, which includes former club and international team-mate David Villa and Frank Lampard.
The new franchise is set to join the MLS in 2015, however the player is not expected to join up with Villa at Melbourne City on loan until that time, leaving the midfielder's short term plans unclear.
Xavi, one of the most creative midfielders ever
There is speculation that several European clubs are looking to take the player on a short term deal until then, but nothing has yet been confirmed.
The Barcelona midfielder is Barcelona's most decorated player of all time after winning two Club World Cups, three Champions Leagues, two European Super Cups, seven leagues, two Copas del Rey and six Supercopas.