Barcelona’s Managerial Hunt: De Zerbi in Free Transfer Talks Amidst Enrique and Flick Rumors

Barcelona is actively seeking a new manager to lead the team into a new era post-Xavi. Reports from ‘Sport’ indicate that the club has initiated discussions, with Roberto De Zerbi emerging as a top candidate. However, Barcelona aims to secure De Zerbi on a free transfer, reluctant to meet Brighton’s €15 million release clause.

The managerial shortlist also includes Julian Nagelsmann, Hansi Flick, and Thomas Tuchel. Flick, in particular, has shown keen interest in the Barcelona job, enlisting agent Pini Zahavi to negotiate on his behalf.

Luis Enrique, who previously led Barcelona to a treble in the 2014/15 season, is also back in the frame. Barcelona is monitoring his situation at PSG closely, with potential shifts in the European coaching landscape possibly freeing up other candidates.

In the player market, Saudi clubs have shown interest in Marc-André ter Stegen, Robert Lewandowski, and Raphinha. While Raphinha has declined offers from the Saudi league, Barcelona hopes Lewandowski stays another season. Ter Stegen’s future remains uncertain without a formal offer from Saudi Arabia.

Sergi Roberto has rejected a move to Saudi Arabia, with personal reasons cited, including considerations related to his Israeli partner, Coral Simanovich. Xavi has requested Barcelona to extend Roberto’s contract, but progress stalls as the club awaits the appointment of a new manager. Roberto is also contemplating a potential move to MLS.

As Barcelona navigates through these crucial decisions, the club’s direction under the new manager will be pivotal in shaping its future. Fans eagerly await the announcement, hoping for a choice that brings glory back to Camp Nou.