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Former Man Utd man on standby to replace Barcelona boss Setien

Former Manchester United defender Laurent Blanc is waiting in the wings to take over at Barcelona, according to a report.

According Diario Sport, the former PSG and France boss is on standby to become the next boss of Barcelona.

Former Barca favourite Xavi remains the favourite to succeed Quique Setien, who is under huge pressure to deliver Champions League glory.

Marca report that Setien will remain in charge for next month’s Champions League matches, but he is not certain of his position ahead of the 2020-21 campaign, report Marca.


Surrendering the LaLiga title to Real Madrid never goes down well in Catalonia and after a trophyless domestic season, Barca are looking towards European glory.

Barca will take on Napoli next month at the Camp Nou in the second leg of their round of 16 tie, which is currently poised at 1-1.

Xavi waiting

Xavi is widely expected to take on the Barca hot-seat at some stage in his career and he has signalled that intention on numerous occasions.

However, the Diario Sport report claims he may not be prepared to work under the current set-up and could remain in Qatar with his team Al Sadd.



That could leave an opening for Blanc, if president Josep Maria Bartomeu decides to axe Setien this summer after just six months in charge.

The former United central defender is said to be a name who is becoming more popular at the Camp Nou. And suggestions are that he could take the reigns for a year until Xavi agrees to a return to Catalonia.

Blanc, 54, played for Barcelona in the 1996-97 campaign.

As a manager he has won four Ligue 1 titles – one with Bordeaux and three with PSG – and won 15 trophies in total.

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