Barcelona boss Xavi ‘gets green light’ for three January deals including Werner

Barcelona boss Xavi is ready to make his mark on his former side using the January transfer window – and has been given the 'green light' to secure three incoming deals.

The World Cup and Champions League winning former midfielder was brought back to the club in November following a poor run of La Liga form under failing boss Ronald Koeman.

While there has been an instant upturn in results and performances with two wins and a draw from this three outings, he will be looking to bolster his playing squad going forward.

With Timo Werner said to be in their sights, Barcelona have also been linked to two promising young international stars who could be the figureheads of Xavi's revolution.

Spanish outlet SPORT report that as well as Werner, Red Bull Salzburg and Germany international striker Karim Adeyemi could be joining Barcelona as well as Manchester City's Ferran Torres.

Werner has failed to impress since joining Chelsea for £47.5million from RB Leipzig back in 2020, scoring 15 goals across his 64 appearances and just one in the Premier League this season.

Adeyemi, 19, has scored 10 goals in just 11 Austrian Bundesliga outings so far this campaign, and has also played three times for Germany this year while scoring his first goal.

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Torres starred during his debut season at City last time out with 13 goals across 36 appearances, netting three in seven so far in 2021/22 despite his injury woe.

It was reported back in November that Barcelona had actually agreed a deal for the signing of Torres, 21, who they could see as an alternative to Sergio Aguero.

Marca say that while the club have agreed it with the player, City had not yet accepted any terms, with the current financial situation at Barcelona a possible issue.

That being said, incoming loan deals might be Xavi's best bet of bringing in some talent in January with his side 13 points behind rivals Real Madrid in Spain.

Xavi said of his emotional return to the club when asked if he will be hard on the players: "It’s not a case of being hard on them; it’s a question of order.

“You have to have rules. When there have been rules things have gone well; when there haven’t been, things have gone badly. It’s crystal clear.

"At the start it is important we talk about work, values, respect, attitude, effort. If we don’t have those values we don’t have a team. We need that, then we can talk about the model.

"In my opinion, the most important thing is the rules first and then we will decide how we play. I have had a good teacher in (Pep) Guardiola, of course."

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