Qatar calling for Xavi?

Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez is reportedly closing in on a lucrative move to Qatari side Al Sadd this summer.

Although the veteran's contract at Camp Nou does not expire until the end of next season, the club are willing to release him early as a token of gratification for his services.

With that in mind, Mundo Deportivo claims he used the international break to travel to Doha and discuss a long-term deal, worth €10m per season, with the option for an extra year.

In addition, Xavi would also take a leading role at the country's Aspire Academy, which aims to nurture the Qatari stars of the future.

The newspaper adds talks have gone smoothly and that no hitches are expected to arise, despite reports linking him with the United States on Thursday.

Xavi would fill the void left by Raul Gonzalez, who represented Al Sadd between 2012 and 2014 and retired at the end of his spell, before returning to play for New York Cosmos last October.

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