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Barcelona have put three Chelsea players on their shortlist ahead of the January transfer window, reports say. Xavi is now in charge at the Nou Camp, with the Spaniard returning following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. And though Raheem Sterling is the club’s priority, they’re also interested in other forwards as well.
Barcelona recently sacked Koeman following a disappointing start to the season, with the club currently sitting ninth in the La Liga table.
And, with Xavi now at the helm, the Catalan titans are looking at bolstering their ranks when the transfer window reopens in the New Year.
Barcelona’s need for more firepower has been enhanced in the wake of Sergio Aguero’s heart condition, with the Argentine potentially having to retire in the foreseeable future.
And Sport say they’re interested in three Chelsea players at the current moment in time.
Sterling is the club’s No 1 target, especially with the England international presently struggling for form at Manchester City.
But with City adamant he won’t be allowed to leave, they’re now looking at alternatives.
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And Chelsea could now face a fight to hold onto the likes of Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Hakim Ziyech.
Pulisic was the Blues’ big-money replacement for Eden Hazard when the Belgian upped and left for Real Madrid in 2019.
Yet the USA international has been regularly plagued by injuries during his time at Stamford Bridge, with Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel both previously frustrated with him.
Pulisic has made just two appearances for Chelsea in the league this term, scoring once in the process.
And Barcelona are interested in acquiring his services.
Hudson-Odoi has often lacked consistency, having previously been a shining light during Maurizio Sarri’s time at the helm.
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But he’s another player Barcelona are targeting as they look to turn their La Liga woes around.
The third star on their radar is Ziyech.
Signed by Lampard in the summer of 2020, the Morocco international has blown hot and cold during his time in west London.
And Barcelona could move for him amid their fondness for moving for younger players with an Ajax past.
Speaking recently, meanwhile, Xavi admitted he was looking to turn Barcelona’s situation around.
And he also opened up on the past interest from the reigning Copa del Rey champions.
“The two times Barcelona came – and they did even though they said they didn’t…” Xavi began.
“The first time, in January , I didn’t feel it.
“At a personal level and a footballing one I thought it was too early and I have to be honest with myself.
“In the summer [of 2021], I thought it wasn’t the right moment. There were elections coming, it wasn’t the right time, there was lots of uncertainty.
“But now with Jan [Joan Laporta] there’s a good relationship, there has been all my life – he’s the best president this club has had.
“He does not have two faces and there’s a good synergy. He called me, and I had no doubt.”
And, on restoring order at Barcelona, he added: “It’s not a case of being hard on them; it’s a question of order.
“You have to have rules. When there have been rules things have gone well; when there haven’t been, things have gone badly.
“It’s crystal clear. At the start it is important we talk about work, values, respect, attitude, effort. If we don’t have those values we don’t have a team.
“We need that, then we can talk about the model.
“In my opinion, the most important thing is the rules first and then we will decide how we play. I have had a good teacher in Guardiola, of course.”
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