FC Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez is mulling three offers to play in the MLS, Marca.com reports.
Before the World Cup, Spanish midfielder had reportedly been offered a contract with a club in Qatar worth €8 million ($10.8 million) per year, tax free. But, after Spain was tied for the first team to be eliminated from the 2014 tournament, the offers from Qatar have been withdrawn.
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The contracts offered from either of the three MLS teams (New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, and Seattle Sounders FC) will not be nearly as rich. As a result, Marca.com reports that Hernandez and his representatives are negotiating a buy-out with Barcelona for a significant amount of the €24 million left on his contract.
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique, via Marca.com:
"I had a conversation with Xavi, and we talked about it. It is topic that is open, it is a player who has a contract in effect. We are at the expense of his decision. He’s a Barca player that I like and the topic is still open for both parties."
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