Barcelona’s ambitious plan to lure Erling Haaland from Manchester City amid Xavi’s managerial uncertainty

Xavi, a Barcelona legend, initially planned to step down as manager at the end of the 2023-24 season.

Fc Barcelona Ambitious For Erling Haaland
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In January, Xavi, a revered figure at Blaugrana, expressed his intention to step down as manager at Camp Nou by the conclusion of the 2023-24 season. Since then, Barcelona has advanced to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and narrowed the gap on their Liga rivals, Real Madrid, in the title race. These developments have led to speculations that Xavi might reconsider his decision to leave.

Barcelona believes that demonstrating ambition in the transfer market could persuade their current head coach to stay, especially given the potential for further success. According to reports from Mundo Deportivo, they are planning to pursue the highly prolific Norwegian striker, Haaland, during the summer of 2025.

Previously, Haaland had been linked with a move to Madrid, potentially joining the ranks of the ‘Galacticos’ at Santiago Bernabeu. However, Barcelona is confident in their ability to compete for Haaland’s signature. Despite being under contract with City until 2027, it’s suggested that Haaland’s agreement includes exit clauses.

Barcelona is eager to have contingency plans ready for when Robert Lewandowski departs, with the Polish striker set to turn 36 in August. Haaland is seen as a fitting long-term replacement and the type of signing that could persuade Xavi to remain in his demanding coaching role.

Erling Haaland

Erling Håland



Age: 24

195 cm

87 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 26 6 Missed
Minutes 2187 84.1 Avg
Goals 19 0.7 Avg
Assist 5 0.2 Avg
Attempt 24 0.9 Avg
Passes 305 11.778.6% AvgSucc
Yellow 1 0.0 Avg
Red 0 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 24 times for 2016 minutes for Premier League.

Erling Haaland scored 17 goals for Manchester City. He procured 5 assists. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 3rd in Premier League. In the last match Manchester City drew 0-0 against Arsenal. The next match in Premier League will be against Aston Villa.

Manchester City performance and stats

Manchester City

Manager: Josep Guardiola i Sala
Rank 3rd
Win 22
Draw 7
Loss 3
Goals 76-32
Diff 44

Manchester City is currently 3rd in the Premier League with 64 points.

In the last 29 games, it has won 19 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 3 times. In its last match, Manchester City drawn 0-0 against Arsenal.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 63 goals and conceding 28.​

Manchester City will play the next match in Premier League against Aston Villa on Wednesday 3rd of April in Manchester. The prediction is Manchester City winning the match.​

FC Barcelona performance and stats

FC Barcelona

Manager: Xavi
Rank 2nd
Win 21
Draw 7
Loss 4
Goals 64-37
Diff 27
Rank 1st
Win 4
Draw 0
Loss 2
Goals 12-6
Diff 6

FC Barcelona is currently 2nd in the La Liga with 67 points.

In the last 30 games, it has won 20 times, drawn 7 times, and lost 3 times. In its last match, FC Barcelona won 1-0 against Las Palmas.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 61 goals and conceding 34.​