Two major factors causing delays in Barcelona confirming Hansi Flick appointment


It is now well established that Barcelona are ready to replace Xavi Hernandez by bringing in Hansi Flick.

The German tactician was supposed to be revealed at the start of the weekbut there appears to have been an unprecedented delay.

As things stand, Barcelona fans eager for the official announcement of Hansi Flick as their new coach may have to wait a little longer.

Why is it taking so long?

According to CAR1two major obstacles delay Barcelona's planned announcement of Hansi Flick as new coach.

Firstly, Barcelona are still finalizing the financial terms of Xavi Hernández's departure. The club want to negotiate a buyout deal with Xavi to avoid paying his entire remaining contract year.

However, finalizing a buyout before officially appointing a new coach weakens their negotiating position.

Flick may have to wait a little longer (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Secondly, La Liga's financial fair play rules pose another challenge. La Liga requires clear documentation regarding buyout agreements when processing a manager change.

If Barcelona declare Xavi's departure as a dismissal before reaching a buyout deal, La Liga could force them to pay the full contract value, a financially undesirable outcome.

La Liga does allow a change of coach, but with limits. After exceeding the spending limit, Barcelona must offset any additional costs through future financial adjustments or reimbursements. This was the case during the recent renewal of Xavi's contract.

Barcelona are looking to resolve these issues as quickly as possible, with the report citing a crucial meeting to take place between Xavi's agent Fernando Solanas and sporting director Deco.

The meeting will aim to reach a mutually acceptable buyout amount for Xavi, paving the way for Hansi Flick to be officially appointed.

It should be noted that Xavi has would have has agreed not to demand any wages for the remaining period of his contract, but he could push Barcelona to pay the pending wages of their support staff.

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