By DAN KARELL
New York City FC may very well get one of their earliest Designated Player targets after all.
The club was very close to signing Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez last summer, only for a phone call from Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique to scupper those plans. But in an interview with TV3 Esporte in Barcelona, Reyna confirmed that NYCFC could very well add Xavi as the team’s third Designated Player this summer.
“We are very interested in ‘franchise’ players, like Xavi,” Reyna said in his interview. “The door is not closed. We will see. For sure we will need to bring in a third ‘franchise’ player in the summer.”
NYCFC currently has two Designated Players on its books in forward David Villa and midfielder Frank Lampard, who is expected to join the club in July.
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