Xavi Hernandez has been associated with FC Barcelona for all 17 years of his professional career, the midfielder beginning in the La Liga giant's youth ranks before going on to captain the side to numerous domestic and European titles. He has even been touted this week as a future manager of the Catalan team.
Summer transfer talk
But over the summer of 2014 his future at Barcelona was in doubt with rumors circulating that Xavi would opt to end his career playing outside of the Spanish leagues - Barcelona teammate Dani Alves even announced in June that Xavi would be leaving the team.
Everywhere from the English Premier League to Tokyo were touted as possible destinations for the 34-year-old, but there was one team who's name popped up in almost ever discussion - Major League Soccer's newest franchise, New York City FC.
Close to a deal
When though Xavi confirmed in July that he would be extending his stay at Barcelona many simply assumed that talk of a move to New York was mere paper talk, but now a new report has revealed the MLS franchise were close to adding yet another top name to their roster.
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The report goes on to suggest that City Football Group (the organization which oversees NYCFC as well as parent club Manchester City) believed they were very close to agreeing terms with the Spaniard. The news backs up earlier suggestions that Xavi had held extensive talks with NYCFC.
New York City FC
Despite their best efforts New York City FC were unable to bring in Xavi ahead of their maiden MLS season which begins in 2015 but it has, to this point, been a fairly impressive recruitment drive by the US franchise.
Xavi's former Barcelona and Spain teammate David Villa and former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard are both already on the books with NYCFC Director Claudio Reyna continuing to put together a roster he feels will be able to compete from day one.