BARCELONA boss Xavi has insisted he is open to signing veterans amid the Catalan giants being linked with a move for Robert Lewandowski.

Xavi hopes to return Barca to its former glory, but the club’s financial situation could slow down his plans.

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Robert Lewandowski has communicated to Bayern that he wants a new challengeCredit: GETTY
Xavi has no problem signing veterans

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Xavi has no problem signing veteransCredit: EPA

Barca have been linked with a move for Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski, 33.

The Polish international and 2021 Ballon d’Or runner-up would significantly strengthen Xavi’s attacking ranks.

And Xavi has insisted that he is open to signing veterans despite trying to build a young and competitive team.

Xavi brought 38-year-old Dani Alves back to the club for free.

Lewandowski has told Bayern that he will 'NO' renew his contract as a Barcelona circle
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The Barca and Spain legend said: “I signed Dani Alves at 38.

“It’s not the age, it’s the performance. The players take great care of themselves and every year they are more professional.

“[Zlatan] brahimović, [Luka] Modric, Dani Alves, they all have very high performance in important clubs.

“Christian [Ronaldo] Y [Lionel] Messi too. Age is not a priority. If it improves us, that’s the important thing.”

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A transfer to Barça could attract Lewandowski, who has expressed his desire for a new challenge.

The serial goalscorer has told Bayern he will not extend his contract.

Lewandowki said: “I can confirm that I spoke with Hasan [Salihamidzic] and I informed him that the decision had been made and that I would not extend my contract with Bayern.

“Both sides have to think about the future. It is better if we find the best solution for both parties.

“I told Salihamidzic that if an offer comes, then we have to think about it, also for the club. Both sides have to think about the future. This is all I can say.”

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