Xavi 'Identifies Replacement' For Atletico-Bound Depay

Ricardo Horta, Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes
Ricardo Horta, Bernardo Silva and Goncalo Guedes

With Netherlands star Memphis Depay believed to be on his way to rivals Atletico Madrid, Barcelona head coach Xavi Hernandez has reportedly identified the man who could replace the versatile attacker at the Camp Nou.

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Depay is expected be the newest addition to Diego Simeone's frontline after Barca and Atletico reportedly agreed a €3 million (R55 million) deal for the forward.

With the Netherlands' second all-time highest goalscorer seemingly soon off the Catalan giants' books, the five-time European champions could be in the market for a cheap left-winger.

While the likes of Ferran Torres and Ansu Fati may be seen as readily available replacements for Depay, they are not natural left-wingers and, as a result, Blaugrana manager Xavi could turn to the Premier League to possibly provide him with what he needs, and it seems he has found it.

According to AS, Wolverhampton Wanderers attacker Goncalo Guedes is the man most fit to come into the LaLiga leaders' squad.

The Portugal international has not had a fruitful start to life in the English top flight, having scored only twice in 18 appearances for the Midlands side.

However, given his impressive exploits while he was still in Valencia, Xavi reportedly sees the 26-year-old as the perfect man to add value to his side.

Due to Financial Fair Play regulations, the deal is likely to be a six-month loan with no obligation to buy.

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Guedes' agent, Jorge Mendes, also holds authority in the board rooms of both Wolves and Barca so it appears likely that this deal will come to fruition.

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