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Report: Xavi Hernandez deal with NYCFC imminent

Jul 15, 2014, 5:47 PM EDT

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According to Barcelona paper Sport, Xavi Hernandez is deciding on his future while vacationing in Ibiza, but the very likely destination is new MLS franchise New York City FC.

The report says the offer on the table for the 34-year-old is for $24 million over three years, beginning in 2015.

Fellow Spaniard David Villa was announced as the first signing for NYCFC just over a month ago.

Xavi looked lost in Spain’s disappointing World Cup campaign, playing in their opening match – a 5-1 loss to the Netherlands – before being benched by coach Vicente del Bosque.

With 474 league appearances and 678 over all competitions, Xavi has spent his entire career with Barcelona, scoring 80 goals and assisting 153.

For more on the story, visit Soccerly’s coverage of Xavi’s potential arrival at MLS.

  1. cfutch - Jul 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    ugghh!! Why would you pay 8 million a year for a 34 year old??? (35 when MLS starts next year) I don’t care how good he was, he’s not worth it!

    • litepad - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:41 AM

      You’re paying for the star power dude….You think Kobe is worth 25 million per year?

  2. onelovesoccer7 - Jul 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    not a bad move for NYCFC given they will be new and need that immediate name recognition. even if it is a lot of money for an older guy. it’s Xavi though…

    but this is interesting since NYRB was strongly linked with him and then today we hear that Lampard will join NYCFC. if that report and this one are both true, NYCFC’s three DPs will be Villa, Xavi, and Lampard.

  3. dws110 - Jul 15, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Against Holland, Xavi looked…old. A sad denouement for a modern legend of the game.

  4. nextmanup81 - Jul 15, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Pretty clear that name recognition is priority number 1 for the people in charge of NYCFC. It’s too bad, because long term success in a global market like NYC is what the team, the league and American soccer in general would benefit most from – not the instant gratification that comes from big names that are past their prime.

    • rpmcfc2013 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:59 AM

      This is only 3 out of 30. What do you think they are going to do with the other 27 players? Get another 27 35 year olds? Perhaps read into all the work the squad is doing building up youth academies across the state before you make blind statements

  5. Nick - Jul 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    He’s like Pirlo. Not the fastest, but the smartest. And with his touch, he can do well in the league. That’s where he’ll make his money.

  6. fenom - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:20 AM

    he doesn’t have to be young if he doesn’t play the barcelona and spain pressing style

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