Xavi explains why Barcelona should not sign Aubameyang or Mane

Barcelona icon Xavi has advised his former club not to sign Arsenal forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Liverpool winger Sadio Mane.

While the Spaniard praised their qualities, he has serious doubts over whether the duo could adapt to Barca boss Quique Setien's style of play.

Aubameyang and Mane are two of the Premier League's biggest stars and shared the Golden Boot last season, alongside Mohamed Salah.

The Gunners man has failed to agree an extension on his current deal – which expires next year – and is linked with a move to La Liga.

Mane is equally sought-after by Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, though he is contracted at Anfield until 2023.

But Xavi has warned against Barcelona signing either forward, claiming they would struggle to fit in at Camp Nou.

"Mane and Aubemayang can kill you in open space," Xavi said. "But Barcelona need players who know how to move in small spaces.

"I am thinking about player who would adapt to Barcelona and it’s not easy to find one. Samuel Eto’o was perfect as is Luis Suarez right now."

Current striker Suarez is now 33 and Barcelona have been linked with £97million-rated Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez.

Long-term Liverpool target Timo Werner is also on their radar, but Xavi would be most excited to see Neymar return from Paris Saint-Germain.

He added: "Football-wise, he is among the three or five best in the world. I hope that he returns to Barcelona. He was his teammate. He would add a lot.

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