Jun 11, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; Spain midfielder Xavi (8) controls the ball in front of Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick (21) during the first half of a friendly match at Yankee Stadium. Spain defeated the Republic of Ireland 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York City FC target Barcelona star Xavi

Manchester City are reportedly exploring the possibility of making Barcelona star Xavi the first major signing for the club’s Major League Soccer franchise, New York City FC, according to the Telegraph.

With New York City not due to join the MLS until 2015, there is no rush to have a deal in place – though by that time Xavi will be 35 and only have one year left on his deal with the Catalan club.

The Spain midfielder is quoted as saying:

“Being tied to Barcelona is a privilege, but I don’t know what will happen in the future.”

This caused speculation that former teammate Thierry Henry would try to lure Xavi to join him at New York Red Bulls. But it is thought that Manchester City, and director of football Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano (both of whom previously worked for Barcelona) want Xavi to be the centrepiece of their new franchise.

According to the report, Manchester City want New York City FC to play in a style similar to Barcelona, and while manager Jason Kreis will have control over which players the club signs, they must fit the style that has been prescribed.

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