Xavi satisfied with tremendous Barcelona transfer window, confirms imminent Alonso arrival


Barcelona “made a tremendous effort” in the transfer window, according to head coach Xavi, who also confirmed the imminent signing of Marcos Alonso.

Barca have been heavily recruiting during the transfer window, welcoming a large number of high-profile recruits from across Europe.

The club’s well-documented financial woes have forced them to find creative solutions to sign players such as Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde, while also moving on several free transfers in the market.

Former academy player Hector Bellerín returned on Thursday following his release by Arsenal, with Marcos Alonso expected to join by the end of Friday after Chelsea terminated his contract.

Ahead of his team’s trip to Sevilla, Xavi expressed his delight at the Barca move at a press conference on Friday.

“The club has made a huge effort,” he said. “We have a competitive squad, we have to prove it. We are very happy and satisfied with where we are.

“[It] lacked a few players [but I’m] happy and satisfied. [It was] between the best and the average [result].”

He also confirmed the expected arrival of Alonso, adding: “I wanted a full-back. We needed a right-back more. Bellerín will help us a lot and so will Alonso. I’m happy with both signings.

“Alonso’s registration? Yes, we are optimistic that everything will be settled before midnight tonight. We are confident that he can be registered for the Champions League.”

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