There is a real possibility Bayern Munich simply will not let Robert Lewandowski go this summer – even though the Pole has already agreed personal terms with Barcelona. What should Xavi do next if Bayern refuse to hold talks with the Catalans?
Step 1: look for affordable alternative
If Barcelona have the money to spend and the Lewandowski deal falls through, it makes sense to outline the plan B.
Villarreal star Gerard Moreno seems like a quality option; there are also players like Alvaro Morata, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku on the list, but would they really be a worthwhile upgrade on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?
If a potential new striker is a tricky option to go for, Barca and Xavi should better avoid it.
Step 2: focus on strengthening the defense
Lewandowski’s move breakdown would possibly mean having more opportunities to strengthen other positions.
Signing a top-class centre-back like Jules Kounde plus reinforcing the right-back position would be massive. With our defensive problems solved, we would definitely be title contenders in La Liga.
Step 3: find new right winger
Even if Xavi decides to play Ferran Torres on the right wing – his natural position – we would still need a quality back-up option.
Paying €55m for Raphinha may be too much but spending €40m on Serge Gnabry or covering Angel di Maria’s wage demands seem like decent options.
Step 4: develop chemistry within upgraded Barca squad
Aubameyang felt great having Ousmane Dembele by his side, but now things may change as Barca prepare a squad rebuild.
It is important that all the new players fit each other well and we don’t have any chemistry problems early in the season – especially given that there will be a really tense schedule ahead of the 2022 World Cup.