According to El Nacional, Xavi wants Mohamed Salah at Barcelona at any cost. The Egyptian is currently one of the best players in the world, if not the best, his statistics prove his work and the genuine skill he has. While the forward has scored 15 and assisted 6 times in his 15 appearances this season. However, Liverpool have struggled to renew his contract on several occasions.
Real Madrid are very likely to sign Kylian Mbappe for free next summer, and this adds pressure on the Barcelona boss to make a star signing. The recent drop in their results has already contributed to the pressure of the financial crisis. Although they are expected to be in a better position financially next season. Salah has only 18 months left on his contract and Xavi can get him for a bargain if the contract runs out.
Salah’s addition to the squad will be of utmost significance as the departure of Lionel Messi has hit them hard. The signing of Salah can improve their goalscoring and ability to score against low-block teams. The Egyptian’s mentality to win and individual skill can help Xavi and his side to return to glory days.
Why does Xavi want Salah ‘at all costs’?
With Ousmane Dembele suffering injury after injury, the right flank of Barcelona needs a proper right-winger. Moreover, the current youngsters in the squad do not have enough experience to play the full season at the highest level and deliver week in and week out. They need a forward who can also help the team in building an attack and is also good at pressing.
Xavi will have to make quick changes to his side to keep challenging for titles and keep up with Real Madrid. Salah has also won several trophies in recent years and can help the Barcelona youngsters in learning what it takes to win trophies. Besides, Barcelona have used their right-back Sergino Dest as their right-winger but has failed to finish his chances on several occasions. If it was for Salah, he would’ve surely finished those chances. Salah has scored goals like a magician for Liverpool this season and seems almost unstoppable. He will like to continue his scoring streak game after game and that is exactly what Barcelona needs.
The Egyptian is also very good at linking up with his teammates and Xavi’s possession-based football makes Salah a very good signing for his system. Moreover, Xavi likes players who provide width, and Salah’s game awareness can give Xavi what he wants. While Xavi was interested in signing Sterling also, following which it is to be seen how Barcelona works for Xavi’s wishlist.
Is it worth for Barca to splash their cash for the Egyptian?
Salah was also a strong contender for Balon d’Or in the 2018-19 season. He has been in top form this season and will continue to do so if deployed well. He can be a major signing for Barcelona in turning over their bad times. Barcelona have to sort out the players they want to sell first and their injury-prone players. They can still get him at a reasonable price as he has very few months left on his contract. Salah can help Xavi in keeping his reputation at the club. His experience of the Premier League intensity can help him in La Liga a lot. Besides his quality on and off the ball is unquestionable. Following this, Barcelona should try their level best to secure the services of Mohamed Salah and help Xavi succeed.
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