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Barcelona hiring Xavi Hernandez as their next manager could spell bad news for Tottenham Hotspur in their transfer pursuit of Borussia Monchengladbach defender Matthias Ginter.

That’s because El Nacional report the possibility of moving to Spain seduces Ginter, with his future in the Bundesliga uncertain. Xavi has identified the Fohlen star as a potential option to replace Blaugrana icon Gerard Pique in Catalunya next year.

Pique is considering retiring at the end of the season, although Xavi hopes to convince the 34-year-old to stay on for at least another term. The defender has suffered with frequent injuries and Barcelona’s vision no longer convinces him, as he focuses on other projects.

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Barcelona would have to box smart for a replacement, given their dire financial situation, if Pique retires. So, Xavi has drawn up a shortlist of economically sensible options to target, including Ginter, who Tottenham reportedly also admire.

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The 27-year-old is out of contract at Borussia-Park at the end of the term and yet to agree a new deal. He also told the Kicker meets DAZN podcast recently that ‘it is difficult’ to see a new deal in his immediate future, and that ‘much is open’ surrounding his time at the club.

Ginter is highly-rated among the Camp Nou hierarchy as he has been one of the top centre-backs in Germany recently. His vast experience of domestic, European and international football also fits well with Xavi’s intended plans.

Barcelona President Joan Laporta has also already contacted Ginter’s agent to discuss a free transfer. For which qualification to the Champions League will be a necessity to edge interest from multiple Premier League clubs. But a Camp Nou switch does entice him.

Xavi to Barcelona a potential blow for Tottenham’s Ginter transfer hopes

Xavi joining Barcelona and Pique’s potential retirement may be a blow for Tottenham’s hopes of a transfer for Ginter, then. Calciomercato had reported that Spurs were exploring a deal for once the Borussia Monchengladbach enforcer’s contract expires next June.

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Tottenham also attempted to strike a transfer with Die Fohlen for Ginter last summer, per Bild. But the north Londoners’ bid proved insufficient to poach the 44-cap German enforcer who Lothar Matthaus likened to Sergio Ramos.

“Ginter has become a leader at the back, in a similar way to Ramos at Real,” he said, via Bundesliga.com. “He doesn’t just give instructions to his teammates, but leads them as well. That’s what Ginter is doing really well at the moment. He reminds me of Ramos.”