Barcelona's new era under their new boss, Xavi Hernandez, begins now with unfortunately no possible signings in the winter transfer window, as reported.
The former Al-Sadd's boss is under the helm in Camp Nou during one of their difficult times in history. They are still struggling financially with huge debts in hand, lack of star players with consistent form and lack of confidence. They are just the few of other calamities left by the poor decisions from the previous president, Joseph Bartolomeu.
As the man trusted by Joan Laporta, Xavi has started off immediately to bring glory back to Barcelona and be among the elites, where they belong. One of his first decisions is re-signing the 38-year old Dani Alves, his former teammate who was free agent. Unfortunately, such would be Blaugrana's only new player this season considering their financial woes, salary cap in La Liga and the Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Xavi himself made a statement in his first press conference recently, when being questioned regarding the possible signings next month.
"We’re in good harmony with everyone at the club. We will decide when it’s time. It’s still not January.”
Such seems to align with the Mateu Alemany's statement as the club's sporting director. He reportedly said that Blaugrana was not in position to add any new players in the squad after registering Xavi and his staffs since there would be no room left due to Financial Fair Play.
That means a surely sad news for their fans who might be hoping to see Erling Haaland, Raheem Sterling, Timo Werner or even Isco as the rumor has spread lately playing in Barcelona shirts this season. They would have to till next summer to see what happens later. In fact, Xavi is open to rely on their youngsters, willing to help Phillipe Coutinho shine again and give a chance to the Dutch forward Luuk De Jong, Memphis Depay, and Samuel Umtiti who might not be considered as his first choice to prove their worth for the Catalan side, at least for their rest of the season.
Furthermore, to reignite the team's discipline, harmony and winning mentality, Xavi has set up new internal rules as Diario AS reported:
- Players are obliged to arrive for training at least an hour and a half early.
- Staff must arrive at least two hours early.
- Players must eat at Cuitat Esportiva.
- Fines will be imposed for lateness and will multiply per offence.
- No arriving home after 12am within 48 hours of a game.
- Starting lineup awarded completely based on performances in training. There are no guarantees for any players.
- Risky activities (such as surfing) are prohibited during the season.
- Players must represent Barcelona properly whether they are around the club or away on holiday.
With all his move in his boyhood club, the fans could be hopeful again for Blaugrana's triumphant days, although it may take some time to return to the top.