Barcelona star Xavi is next for New York City FC

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They look set to confirm the signing of Atletico Madrid man David Villa, and New York City FC have already turned their attentions to another star Designated Player, Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi.

NYCFC - jointly owned by Manchester City and the New York Yankees - obviously have a lot of money in the coffers and want to come in to Major League Soccer in 2015 as a team that is ready to compete for the MLS Cup straight off the bat.

And according to The Independent, that plan involves coupling David Villa with his Spain National Team partner.

The New York Red Bulls have been linked with the 34-year old and were rumoured to be trying to get Thierry Henry to convince his former teammate to join the club. However, NYCFC already have connections with Barca and Xavi thanks to Manchester City's chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain.

Xavi has spent his whole career with the Catalan giants but grew increasingly disconsolate last season as he was left on the bench for games in favour of players like Alex Song. Last week he suggested his career could end elsewhere by saying: “Being tied to Barcelona is a privilege, but I don’t know what will happen in the future.”

New York City are an expansion team and aren't actually competing in MLS this season. They will join for the 2015 campaign which will start in February time so a situation could arise where both Xavi and Villa end up training with Manchester City to retain their fitness before joining their new teammates in the new year. 

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