On Tuesday, Sport explained Xavi Simons could return to Barcelona, when his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expires at the end of the current season.

These claims are backed up, but they report the La Liga side will face competition from Manchester City.

Simons has managed only two appearances for the French club’s senior team and does not want to renew his contract due to a lack of playing time at the Parc des Princes.

The 18-year-old is represented by Mino Raiola and the super-agent has asked PSG to give his client assurances of more game time to sign a new deal. The Ligue 1 side’s leaders cannot do this because the player is not included in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans.

‘Everything seems to indicate’ the Netherlands U19 international’s intention is to return to the Camp Nou. However, ‘in the last hours’, a new team have joined the chase.

It’s claimed the Premier League winners are interested and are now Barca’s ‘new rival’ to sign Simons. The Citizens are ‘willing to make him an offer’ since Pep Guardiola is in ‘love with the way he plays’. state Manchester City would wait for Simons’ contract to expire, rather than move in January, to ‘try to convince him’ to join them. They view the midfielder as a ‘market opportunity’ and therefore, ‘do not want to miss’ out on this deal, if the Dutch youngster decides to leave PSG.