The 39-year-old former midfielder will be the next man in the Camp Nou hotseat, either in the coming days or at the end of the season According to the report gatherd
The legendary former midfielder has been in talks with Barca general director Oscar Grau and technical secretary Eric Abidal in recent days.
No public announcement is expected before Xavi’s current team Al-Sadd have played in the final of the Qatar Cup on January 17.
During an interview with Xavi, He said:
“I cannot hide it, that is my dream,” he told reporters.
“It is my dream to coach Barcelona, I have said it many times in many interviews. Everybody knows that I support Barcelona from the bottom of my heart, so yes, it’s one of my dreams but I’m focused on Al-Sadd.
“Yes, Abidal is my friend. I’ve met him many times, so I cannot say anything, just that I respect Barcelona, I respect Valverde, I respect my club.
“I’m doing my job here, I’m doing my best. I’m focused today on the semi-final, and now we play the final so I’m very happy, I’m very happy to coach Al-Sadd. I cannot say anything else.”
Unrest among Barca’s fans has been growing under Valverde for some time, and Thursday’s 3-2 defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa semi-final was the latest in a list of disappointments.
The former Athletic Bilbao and Valencia manager has won two Spanish titles, one Copa del Rey and a Supercopa since taking over in the summer of 2017, but Champions Leagueheartbreak at the hands of Roma and Liverpoolstill weighs heavily over the club.