Barcelona legend Xavi Hernandez has criticised his former club for their lack of arrivals this summer.
New Barca boss Ernesto Valverde has struggled to bring in reinforcements at the Camp Nou since taking over from Luis Enrique at the start of the summer, signing just Nelson Semedo, Paulinho, Ousmane Dembele and Gerard Deulofeu.
And, whilst the Catalan club have been linked to numerous targets such as Philippe Coutinho, Mesut Ozil and Kylian Mbappe – they have failed to bring in any of those.
That lack of input has led to numerous former players, coaches, board members and fans of the club to attack current president Josep Maria Bartomeu, whose position at the helm looks uncertain.
And, Xavi has spoken about his former club and their recent lack of ambition.
“They have gone to sleep because five or six years ago they had the best players in the world for the system that they wanted to play. Now for that system they have five or six who fit the system but they need 11 to make it work.” he told Spanish daily Marca.
“Before you would never see a player and think: “He would be good at Barca,” because they were all there already. They have signed players who do not fit the system.”
The return of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton, and the breakthrough of Sergi Roberto are the club’s only real successes from their much famed La Masia and Xavi, who came from the setup has discussed their failure in giving youngsters a chance in the first team.
“When in doubt use the players coming through. Thiago Alcantara left and had every right to because he was not getting the chances.”
Barca do have until 11pm GMT on Thursday evening to sign players and they have strongly been linked with a move for Mesut Ozil from Arsenal after seeing four bids for Coutinho of Liverpool rejected.