Barcelona to test Jurgen Klopp's resolve in the summer as search for Xavi’s successor intensifies

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Barcelona to test Jurgen Klopp's resolve in the summer as search for Xavi’s successor intensifies

Ayoola Kelechi 06:00 - 07.02.2024

The Catalans hope to convince Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to stay in management as a replacement for the outgoing Xavi Hernandez

As Barcelona braces for a managerial transition with Xavi Hernandez announcing his departure at the end of the season, the Catalan club is already setting its sights on potential successors. 

With Sporting Director Deco spearheading the search, President Joan Laporta's preferences have come to the fore, particularly in the pursuit of a high-profile manager.

Deco and Laporta clash over preferred candidates

Laporta, eyeing a significant overhaul, has expressed a keen interest in Hansi Flick as a potential candidate. However, his ultimate aspirations gravitate toward the tantalizing prospect of re-appointing Pep Guardiola or luring Jurgen Klopp to the Camp Nou. Klopp, in particular, presents an intriguing option given his impending departure from Liverpool at the end of the season.

According to reports, Barcelona intends to make a formal approach to Klopp, exploring the possibility of him taking over the reins from the next campaign. The allure of Klopp's proven track record in European football and his ability to instill a winning mentality resonates strongly with the Barcelona hierarchy.

Klopp still keen on sabbatical 

However, Klopp's entourage has indicated that the esteemed German coach intends to take a hiatus from management for at least one season following his departure from Liverpool. This stance poses a significant obstacle to Barcelona's ambitions of securing Klopp's services, as his commitment to taking a break complicates any immediate prospects of him joining the Catalan giants.

The revelation of Klopp's intentions to step back from the managerial spotlight underscores the need for Barcelona to consider alternative options. While Laporta may harbor dreams of securing the services of Klopp or Guardiola, pragmatic considerations dictate the exploration of other potential candidates.

Barcelona continue search for new boss

With no clear consensus emerging thus far, Barcelona finds itself at a crossroads in its pursuit of a new manager. The club's leadership must navigate through the complexities of managerial appointments, weighing the available options against the backdrop of Klopp's impending sabbatical.

As the summer approaches, Barcelona's pursuit of a new manager is poised to intensify, with the resolution of Klopp's managerial future likely to influence the club's decision-making process. While the allure of marquee names such as Klopp and Guardiola remains enticing, Barcelona must remain adaptable and open-minded in its quest to rejuvenate the club's fortunes under new leadership.