BARCELONA boss Xavi has insisted he is open to signing veterans amid the Catalan giants being linked with a move for Robert Lewandowski.
The Poland international and Ballon d’Or 2021 runner-up would significantly bolster Xavi’s attacking ranks.
And Xavi has insisted he is open to signing veterans despite trying to build a youthful, competitive squad.
Xavi brought Dani Alves, 38, back to the club on a free transfer.
The Barca and Spain legend said: “I signed Dani Alves at 38.
“It’s not age, it’s performance. Players take care of themselves so much and every year they are more professional.
“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Luka] Modric, Dani Alves, they all have a very high performance at important clubs.
“Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi too. Age is not a priority. If it improves us, that’s the important thing.”
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A move to Barca could appeal to Lewandowski, who has expressed his desire for a new challenge.
The serial goal scorer has told Bayern he will not extend his contract.
Lewandowki said: “I can confirm that I spoke to Hasan [Salihamidzic] and informed him that the decision was made and that I am not extending my contract with Bayern.
“Both sides have to think about the future. It’s best if we find the best solution for both sides.
“I said to 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. That’s all I can say.”