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PSG’s Xavi Simons is one of the most talked about wingers during this summer window with Barcelona, Arsenal, Man United and Bayern Munich all interested in landing him before the 2024/25 season. And by the looks of it, Luis Enrique does not have any elaborate plans to use him in his first XI next season.

Amidst a lot of doubts, PSG seem to have made up their mind about what they need to do with the youngster and according to a report by BILD, the French side are quoting a humungous €100 million to allow him to leave permanently.

Xavi Simons is currently valued at €80 million and his contract with PSG expires in 2027 so it’s hardly a surprise that they are quoting €100 million for the Netherlands international. Also, PSV Eindhoven are going to get a percentage from PSG’s sale and that’s another reason why the Parisian side has kept the price so steep.

Can Barcelona afford to meet PSG’s demands?

Barcelona are in all sorts of problems financially and they are even struggling to pay €60 million for players like Bernardo Silva which means there’s no way on earth that the Catalans can afford to pay €100 million for Xavi Simons.

Simons is a product of Barcelona’s youth system and some experts are of the view that he wants to return to Spain but for that to happen, Barca will have to shell out €100 million.

The Catalans need to bring in at least €100 million if Hansi Flick wants to sign his wishlisted players and if Xavi Simons is added to that list then the number will go up to around €200 million.

Barcelona are planning to offload high-value players like Araujo, De Jong, Raphinha and Lewandowski but until all these players are sold, the La Liga side do not have the money to go after their preferences.

Bayern Munich have been keeping a close watch on Xavi Simons and as per reports, they are willing to meet PSG’s demands. Simons just spent the current season in Germany and if Bayern truly want him then the winger won’t mind ditching Barcelona.

However, if neither of the interested clubs is ready to pay €100 million then PSG might sanction another loan move and maybe then Barcelona will have a chance of bringing the 21-year-old on board for one campaign.

What are the alternatives to Xavi Simons for Barcelona?

Xavi Simons is primarily an attacking midfielder which makes Bernardo Silva the perfect alternative but apart from playing in the No. 10 role, Simons can also play as a right and a left-winger which makes him a very unique asset.

Silva’s release clause of €58 million and if Hansi Flick is looking to add an out-and-out attacking midfielder then Barcelona should focus on the Manchester City man instead of Xavi Simons.

However, if the new manager views the PSG man as a left-winger then Liverpool’s Luis Diaz is a very sensible alternative because the Colombian international is very keen to leave Anfield and play at Camp Nou.