Barcelona are on the verge of hiring Xavi Hernandez as their new head coach, according to reports.
Spanish publication Marca and The Guardian report the Barca board have been in contact with the Al Sadd boss and Barca legend about taking over at the Nou Camp after firing Ronald Koeman.
Sport say Xavi has accepted contract terms to become the new Barca boss and that the only obstacle left is paying Al Sadd his €1 million release clause.
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Koeman, who was already under immense pressure following a 2-1 defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico last Sunday, was dismissed as Barca boss late on Wednesday night following a shock 1-0 defeat to Rayo Vallecano.
Although Xavi's return to Barca could be imminent, Barcelona B head coach Sergi Barjuan has taken interim charge of the senior team while the club carry out contract negotiations with the 41-year-old.
A Barcelona statement read: "His interim position as first team head coach shall end as soon as the club has hired full-time head coach to replace the dismissed Ronald Koeman.
"FC Barcelona president, Joan Laporta, shall be officially introducing Sergi Barjuan to the first team squad this afternoon before the training session at the Ciutat Esportiva."
Xavi made 767 appearances for Barca as a player and won eight La Liga titles and four Champions League trophies. In total, he won 27 trophies, scored 85 goals and produced 184 assists.
As Al Sadd manager, Xavi has won the Sheikh Jassem Cup, two Qatar Crown Prince Cups, a Qatar Stars Cup, a Qatar League and two other Emir Cups during his two-and-a-half years in the Middle East.
Marca report that Barca's plan is to have Barjuan or in charge for Barcelona's next three matches against Alaves, Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League and Celta Vigo before Xavi takes over during the November international break.
Barca are currently ninth in the La Liga table, nine points behind league leaders and fierce rivals Real Madrid, and are third in Champions League Group E, six points behind Bayern Munich after three matches.
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