Barcelona midfielder Xavi - a dream signing for Manchester City and Manchester United - has given the two Premier League clubs a glimmer of hope of one day landing his signature.

The World Cup winner has been a pivotal player in Barca's sustained success, sitting in the Catalan club's midfield, orchestrating their creative flair and setting their tempo for over a decade.

Xavi has spent his entire career at the Nou Camp and, like midfield partner Andres Iniesta, was thought likely to finish his playing days at his boyhood club.