Xavi and FC Barcelona board go head-to-head on pre-season US tour
FC Barcelona urgently needs to raise funds. The club’s debts hover around $1.5 billion and first-team coach Xavi Hernandez is keen to sign new signings for the upcoming season so the Blaugrana can compete with Real Madrid and their continental rivals for the most great honors in Spain and beyond.
One of the best ways to do this has traditionally been through lucrative pre-season tours, which have been delayed in recent years thanks to the pandemic which has affected Barca more than most big clubs.
This summer, however, the Catalans will finally hit the road again and head to the United States where four games await them in 16 days.
Two of them have already been confirmed, in Miami and New York. In the first instance, on July 19 after leaving Catalonia three days earlier, Xavi’s men will play against David Beckham’s Inter Miami, who club legend Lionel Messi is said to have in mind as his next destination when the season expires. his two-year contract with Paris Saint Germain.
On July 23, Real Madrid will likely wait in El Clasico in Las Vegas before Barca possibly face Juventus in Dallas on July 26 before New York Red Bull help them complete the tour on July 30.
While the two matches wedged between the Miami and New York dates are yet to be official, As says chairman Joan Laporta doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to make money which is essentially ‘where the division is in the club’. Xavi and his team only want to play three games, but the marketing department considers four as ‘vital’.
As conclude that Xavi and his team won’t be fond of long journeys, training in intense heat, publicity events or games every three days as they prepare for their next campaign, but that’s maybe -be the cost of doing business in order to have a competitive team ahead.
Either way, Barca, who start their pre-season on July 4, will have almost 15 days to cool off after returning to Europe from the United States ahead of La Liga from August 12.
It now remains to be seen how many friendlies are booked, and whether Barca could also boast a big signing such as Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to show their American fans.