Current Athletic Bilbao manager Ernesto Valverde is all set to replace Luis Enrique as the next Blaugrana boss according to reports in Catalunya. The Basque club has still not extended his contract and hence he is unlikely to do that in the near future as a takeover in Catalunya is imminent.
A former Barca player himself, Valverde is believed to have been the favourite for quite some time since Barca’s current assistant manager Unzue was ruled out due to his lack of experience and an alleged training ground bust-up with Neymar.
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Earlier Jorge Sampaoli was the favourite to take over but his side’s recent dip in form and Valverde’s knowledge of the Barca philosophy ruled him out.The biggest challenge for Valverde would be in the transfer market where his predecessor failed terribly as the Barca squad needs a host of changes to regain their European crown.