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Barcelona have identified Brighton manager Roberto De Zerbi as their leading candidate to become head coach of the Catalan giants, according to a new report.
De Zerbi is contracted to the Seagulls until 2026, but his impressive start to coaching on the south coast of England has sparked interest from other clubs across Europe.
Meanwhile, Barcelona are looking for a new coach to replace Xavi, who will leave the bench in the summer after three years in charge.
Sports Diary He claims that Barça president Joan Laporta requested a profile of De Zerbi, 44, as part of the plan to replace Xavi.
Laporta is believed to like De Zerbi’s treatment of his players, as well as his personal behaviour, and the manager’s agents have recently been in town.
Barcelona have reportedly listed Roberto De Zerbi as a leading candidate for their next boss.
President Joan Laporta has commissioned a report on De Zerbi after being impressed by his style
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Laporta is working with director of football Deco on the managerial hiring process, as Barcelona looks to get the process underway so the new coach can have a full pre-season with the team.
De Zerbi led Brighton to their first European place last season and looks set to replicate that this season.
Despite his contract until 2026, the Seagulls are making contingency plans in case their manager leaves in the summer, with Liverpool and Manchester United also among the admirers of the Italian style.
Brighton’s recruitment and talent identification plans are the envy of European football, so the manager will typically have limited influence in this area.
Xavi will leave the managerial position at Barcelona in the summer after three years at the helm
De Zerbi has a contract with Brighton until 2026, but the club is already planning his departure
That program has been so successful that it’s unlikely the club will ever change it to satisfy the coach of the day.
Brighton travel to Sheffield United for their next Premier League match on Sunday afternoon, six days before hosting Everton at the AmEx.