Barcelona and Spain star Xavi looks set to sign with New York City FC this week, with reports suggesting the midfielder will pen a three-year deal with MLS' newest franchise.
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Spanish daily newspaper 'Sport' noted Monday that all parties are hoping to have the contract confirmed before Barcelona begin pre-season training this Thursday when the Catalan club's new manager Luis Enrique will take charge of his first session.
The future of Xavi, who has spent his entire career to date with Barcelona - racking up 474 appearances in the process, has long been speculated upon with reports throughout the summer linking the veteran playmaker with a move away from the Nou Camp.
The likes of Qatar as well as NYCFC's city rivals the New York Red Bulls have been mentioned as possible destinations for one of the finest players of his generation, whilst a new deal with Barcelona was a possibility until recently. Now though it looks like Xavi will opt to join former club and international teammate David Villa at the franchise part owned by Manchester City.
Xavi's deal is reportedly worth around $8.1 million per season, and should the formalities be completed, the diminutive 34-year-old will become just New York City's fourth official player.
As well as MLS veterans Jeb Brovsky and Josh Saunders, NYCFC have brought in David Villa in recent months.
Xavi and Villa played together at Barcelona between 2010-2013, winning seven trophies during that period, including two La Liga titles and the 2010-11 UEFA Champions League, and their signatures are a sign that Major League Soccer's newest team plan to hit the ground running when they kick off the 2015 season.
More to come?
Xavi and Villa could yet be joined by another veteran in the shape of England midfielder Frank Lampard.
Like the Spanish duo, Lampard has spent well over a decade at the top of the game, but after leaving Chelsea this summer as the English Premier League's all-time top goalscorer it looks increasingly likely that he too will be representing New York City FC come 2015.
As for Xavi meanwhile an official announcement from the franchise is expected within the next 72 hours.
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