Barca legend to replace Valverde?


FC Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde will be replaced by a club legend at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.

Valverde has the chance to finish the season with a domestic double but is under immense scrutiny from the club's supporters after their shock UEFA Champions League semi-final exit.

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The 4-0 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield last week saw the Blaugrana relinquish a three-goal lead from the first-leg and reports in Spain claim the Barcelona heirarchy believe it may be a time for change.

Ajax head coach Erik Ten Hag and Real Betis' Quique Setién has emerged as leading candidates for the job due to their style of play implemented at their respective club's similar to that of the Spanish club's philisophy.

However, according to Spanish news outlet Diario GOL, Barca will offer Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman a chance to return to the Camp Nou as their new leader.

The 56-year-old won ten major titles at the LaLiga giants during six seasons as a player, which included four league winners medals and the report claims captain Lionel Messi will support Valverde's axing.

Any arrival of Koeman could also seal the deal for Ajax teenager skipper Matthijs de Ligt, while compatriot Frenkie de Jong has already agreed a switch for the 2019/20 campaign.

It is believed that Valverde’s contract, which runs to 2020, includes a break clause that both parties can trigger at the end of the season.