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Barcelona’s message to Xavi over January transfer plans: No big names

While the FIFA World Cup 2022 is underway in Qatar, Barcelona are busy sketching out plans for the upcoming January transfer window.

Despite spending heavily in the summer, the Catalan giants are intent on entering the market again for reinforcements in the mid-season trading period as they look to win silverware in the 2022/23 campaign.

A new right-back and a midfielder have been earmarked as priority areas by manager Xavi Hernandez heading into the January window.

Several top players like Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City, Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans and in-form Manchester United right-back Diogo Dalot have been mentioned as possible targets for the winter window.

But, according to MARCA, the Barcelona board have informed Xavi that the club will not bankroll a move for a big-name player in the winter window. And if a player does indeed arrive, it will only be someone who will be an add-on who can complement the current squad

Barcelona spent as much as €148 million in the summer, which could rise further by €47 million if all add-ons are triggered. And the board if of the belief that the effort made in the last window was huge and is enough for the team, at the moment.

As things stand, Barça are already shelling out €656 million in player wages and the club do not want to stretch the finances any further.

It has already been confirmed by president Joan Laporta that the team cannot sign any player in January due to Financial Fair Play regulations, although efforts are being made to find a workaround.

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