Xavi linked with loan move to PSG

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"Le Parisien", the daily newspaper in Paris, have suggested that the recently crowned Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain will attempt to take Barcelona legend Xavi on loan for the 2015/16 season. 

The 35-year-old confirmed last week that this season would be his last at the club after a 24 year stay with the Spanish champions. The midfielder has already made an agreement to head to Qatar to play for Al Sadd.

However the newspaper article goes on to point out that the owner of Al Sadd is the brother of PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi and they have discussed the possibility of PSG signing Xavi on loan from the Qatar side for the coming season.

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Such a deal would be similar to the shock decision which saw Frank Lampard return to the Premier League with Manchester City for the 2014/15 season after agreeing a loan deal with the MLS franchise New York City FC.

The move to Qatar has been likely since last September, when Xavi released a statement regarding the possible destination of a new club: "I told the club that I didn’t want to play for another team in Europe" he said, "I didn’t want to play against Barcelona."

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A possible loan deal with PSG however could make this situation a reality. PSG and Barcelona faced each other in this year's Champions League quarter finals, the the Spanish side progressing 5-1 on aggregate over the two legs. 

Xavi may be seen as a temporary midfield solution for the Ligue 1 outfit as rumours of the club signing Paul Pogba seem to have cooled considerably in the last number of weeks.

PSG will need to bring in a big name this summer with a number of it's top stars linked with an exit from the club. However, it seems that they may use Xavi in the same manner as they used David Beckham in 2013 when they loaned him from LA Galaxy - being used as more of a marketing function than a competitive one.

It is unlikely the Spanish midfielder would be first choice for the French club, who already have capable midfilders Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti in that role.

However Laurent Blanc, the PSG manager, has long been an admirer of Barcelona's style of play, remarking that their possession game is an important inspiration for his own managerial tactics. The opportunity to bring in a player with the vision of Xavi could be a very appealing one for the French coach.

Xavi will play his final two games for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey Final this Saturday and against Italian champions Juventus in the Champions League Final the following Saturday.

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