XAVI has been told he cannot sign anyone in January – less than two weeks after completing his emotional return to Barcelona.
The legendary midfielder, 41, left Al-Sadd in Qatar to take over from Ronald Koeman.
New Barcelona manager Xavi, middle, must stick with his current squad for the rest of the seasonCredit: FC Barcelona
On November 6, he penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Nou Camp as he tries to get his beloved club back to their best.
But he will have to do so without any new arrivals in the winter transfer market.
That is because of Barcelona’s disastrous financial situation which has plunged them into massive debt – even with Lionel Messi’s salary cut from the wage bill.
The club have already maxed out their budget to spend on salaries with the arrival of Xavi and his coaching staff.
Sporting director Mateu Alemany confirmed: “Right now we can’t sign anyone in January.
“After we register Xavi and his staff, we don’t have room for more salaries due to Financial Fair Play rules. We’ll see what happens.”
This season, the club have already tied rising stars Ansu Fati and Pedri down to improved long-term contracts with mammoth release clauses.
And one of Xavi’s first orders of business saw the former No6 bring iconic right-back Dani Alves back for a reported €1 per month
The Brazilian was handed the No8 shirt – Andres Iniesta’s for many years – and wore flip flops for his unveiling, just as he did the first time around in 2008.
But if Barca want to make any new transfers in January, they will need to sell first.
Frenkie de Jong has been linked with a £75million switch to Manchester City while outcast Samuel Umtiti may also be moved on.
The Catalan club, though, are preparing to try and sign Raheem Sterling from the Etihad giants.
Sterling is out of favour under ex-Barca chief Pep Guardiola and Xavi is a huge fan of the England hero.
As it stands, they would struggle to land Sterling, even on loan, due to his City wages of £300,000 per week.
But Barcelona are hopeful the landscape will have changed by the time the transfer window reopens.
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Dani Alves returned to the Nou Camp in style with a velvet suit – and then ditched the flip flopsCredit: Getty