Barcelona manager Xavi is plotting a sensational move for Chelsea attacking trio, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, and Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to reports in Spain.
Xavi, 41, appointed as Catalan boss earlier this month following Ronald Koeman’s dismissal last month, and the newly head coach is keen to revamp the club’s attack, with the Blues wing trio high on his shortlist.
And as reported by Catalan daily Sport, via, AS, all Blues attacking trio could be willing to leave Stamford Bridge and join the Spaniard’s new era at Camp Nou.
All of them are currently struggling in term of playing time under Thomas Tuchel, with a wealth of attacking options like Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Mount available to the German blocking their path to the first team.
Pulisic, 23, is generally part of the squad when available, but has struggled with a succession of niggling injuries and has only played five minutes in the league since the opening game of the season against Crystal Palace.
In the league, Ziyech, 28, has only managed 181 minutes with no attacking returns, and 21-year-old Hudson-Odoi only 385 minutes, with his sole goal and assist coming in a 7-0 demolition of relegation favourites Norwich.
Given the Spanish giants’ financial constraints, Xavi is thought to be willing to explore loan moves as well as permanent transfers, with his squad looking light following an injury crisis.
Meanwhile, Thomas Tuchel has admitted that Hakim Ziyech still an important member of his squad despite his recent absence from the first team.
He said: ‘He fought his way into the team and was in the team at the beginning of the season because of performance. It was so obvious in pre-season that he had to be on the pitch. He scored and had the injury in the Super Cup game.
‘It cost him a lot because, maybe even until today, I don’t feel him 100% free with his shoulders. Even if it’s maybe no pain, it could be subconscious. There is something that limits him in his freedom to move and turn, accelerate and decelerate
‘We need time and patience, he needs to fight his way back into the team. That is the way it is. Whilst he was out, other guys performed and came in and performed. He is one of our players. We will never lose trust or patience with him, he will stay an important player I am sure.’
Tuchel, 48, also insisted Hudson-Odoi still has work to do to turn around his Chelsea career after several bright performances in recent weeks.
He added: ‘He needs to play the next 250 games on the highest level. It’s only if he does not only do one good match, one good half, 60 good minutes, but if he does it consistently. It’s as easy as that with every player.
‘Once you do this you will have more minutes. You need to fight for it. You need to deserve it. It must be a perfect fit in a perfect moment. Sometimes you need a bit of luck. We will support him.’