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Arsenal encouraged as Xavi insists Barcelona pull back Sterling plans

Xavi wants Barcelona pull back from plans to sign Manchester City attacker Raheem Sterling.

AS says the newly appointed coach has asked Barcelona's scouting team to shelve their preparations for the mid-season window.

The report claims that Xavi is planning to conduct a full assessment of his current squad before deciding whether or not to strengthen his ranks.

Barcelona also have a number of talented young players coming through at present, with their new boss looking to aid their progression to first-team level over the coming years.

Xavi's approach to recruitment at Barcelona could see them drop out of the race for Sterling, giving Arsenal the advantage if they decide to launch a January move for his services.

The player himself recently admitted that he will not hesitate to pursue a change of scenery if his situation at City does not improve over the coming weeks and months.


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