Barcelona legend Xavi has turned from midfield maestro to transfer consultant after recommending German international Joshua Kimmich to his former club.
The defensive midfielder has clearly left quite the impression on Xavi after the 38-year-old recommended the player to the staff at his former club.
Speaking to the media, whilst standing next to Kimmich, he said, “Joshua is the present and future of FC Bayern and the German national team. And you really can play in any position.
You would be the perfect player for FC Barcelona! As previously with Philipp Lahm, Joshua Kimmich could without any problems play at Barcelona. That would fit well.”
With one-club man Sergio Busquets currently 30-years-old, the race is on for Barca to find a suitable replacement who can hit the ground running as soon as Busquets hangs up his boots at Camp Nou.
Even though the 24-year-old has become much more acclimatised to life as a right-back, he initially started in the engine room and should be able to convert back into a number six role with ease.
Current under-fire Bayern head coach Niko Kovač, has deployed Kimmich in midfield this season occasionally. But since working under Pep Guardiola, he has mostly featured at right back and was seen as the long-term successor to Phillip Lahm.
Kimmich has made 146 appearances in all competitions for Bayern, scoring 16 goals and providing 29 assists. 70 times as a right-back, 27 times in central midfield, 24 games in defensive midfield and 20 times at centre-back.
This unrivalled defensive versatility is something that is extremely hard to find and it is extremely unlikely that Bayern would even entertain the idea of letting a player of such ilk leave the club.
Especially when you consider the fact that there probably isn’t another player with the same level of experience, youth and versatility all rolled into one in the entire world of football right now.
Valverde does have La Masia graduate Sergi Roberto who is also very versatile but, Kimmich would potentially be Barca’s most important signing in recent history.
So, while Xavi is clearly a fan, getting Kimmich to put pen to paper at Camp Nou is not feasible in any shape or form.