Manchester United made a move for Barcelona legend Xavi [El Mundo Deportivo]

The transfer rumours surrounding Manchester United are coming thick and fast now, despite the fact new manager Louis van Gaal is very much focused on Holland’s World Cup campaign.

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera’s move to Old Trafford looks to be imminent and United also appear to be making moves for Luke Shaw now England are out of the World Cup.

Spanish newspaper El Mundo Deportivo had another intriguing rumour today, suggesting one of Louis van Gaal’s first acts as Manchester United boss was to make a move for Spain and Barcelona legend Xavi.

After 723 Barcelona appearances and a whopping 22 trophies, Xavi will be leaving Barcelona this summer.

Having worked with Xavi at the Nou Camp, LVG was interested in bringing the midfield playmaker to Old Trafford.

As a result, United have contacted Xavi’s circle about a possible summer move, telling the midfielder they wanted to take him to Old Trafford.

But it looks likely that Xavi is on his way to play in Qatar as he rejected the initial overtures from United as he is mentally exhausted, wants more rest & go for an easier route for the rest of his career.

Van Gaal is convinced Xavi could still play at the highest level but the player himself is looking for a less pressured environment to close out his illustrious playing days.

El Mundo Deportivo add that Xavi also had offers from Manchester City and the MLS.

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