Barcelona playmaker Xavi has found his role ever-reducing since the acquisition of Ivan Rakitic from Sevilla.
It seems that this push down the pecking order hasn't gone unnoticed by other sides however, with New York City FC all but confirming that they are set to make another offer for the World Cup winner.
NYCFC have tried to bring in the midfielder before, but the expansion side were turned turned down by the 35-year old. That hasn't dampened the new boys resolve however.
In an interview with Spanish TV station TV3, transcribed by ESPN FC, New York City's director of football Claudio Reyna had the following to say when asked about the Barca captain potentially moving in the Big Apple.
“We are very interested in ‘franchise’ players, like Xavi. We do not close the doors to Xavi ahead of next year,” Reyna said. “It’s true that we have already tried to sign him, but next year we will need new franchise players.”
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On The Way Out
Xavi has started 14 of Barca's 30 games in all competitions so far this season, but El Confidencial has reported that a poor display in the 1-0 defeat at Real Sociedad in January marked a turning point in his relationship with Luis Enrique.
Since that game in January, Xavi has played in just four of the club's next 13 matches, failing to feature in the 1-0 loss to Malaga at the weekend and Wednesday's 2-1 victory at Manchester City in the Champions League.
Mundo Deportivo compounded the rumours by reporting that Xavi's agent was recently in Manchester to discuss the midfielder's future with City's former Barcelona directors Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain.
Big Money Moves
It seems that NYC have absolutely zero intentions of scrimping on any signings and are trying to get as far as they can, as quickly as they can.
David Villa and Frank Lampard are both amongst some of the highest paid players in Major League Soccer and Xavi would surely join them on that top 10.
Even their non designated player signings have been impressive, with USMNT star Mix Diskerud joining from Rosenborg and experienced MLS players like George John, Andrew Jacobsen, Ned Grabavoy and Jason Hernandez also wearing sky blue next season.
NYCFC are owned by the City Football Group, the same collective that took over at Manchester City and are backed by Sheikh Mansour's billions.