Barcelona make decision on Ruben Amorim in search for Xavi replacement - report

  • Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim linked with Barcelona and Liverpool
  • 39-year-old's contract contains €20m release clause
  • Barca have cooled interest despite admiration of his work
Amorim is on Liverpool's shortlist
Amorim is on Liverpool's shortlist / Quality Sport Images/GettyImages

Barcelona will not follow up on interest in Sporting CP manager Ruben Amorim as the club continues their search for a successor to Xavi, a report in Spain claims.

Several of Europe's top clubs are looking for new managers ahead of the 2024/25 season, and though Xavi announced his decision to step down back in January, Barca have been attempting to persuade him to stay.

Nevertheless, Barcelona are still preparing for the ex-midfielder's departure and have drawn up a list of contenders to take the job in the event he does indeed leave. However, Catalan outlet SPORT report Amorim is no longer being considered as a target.

Barcelona sporting director Deco is an admirer of Amorim, but he and the club have been put off by his €20m release clause - a sum which would make him one of the most expensive managers of all time if triggered - as well as his lack of experience outside his native Portugal.

Xavi Hernandez
Xavi is set to leave Barcelona / Jonathan Moscrop/GettyImages

90min reported earlier this month that Amorim will likely be on Liverpool's final list of candidates to succeed Jurgen Klopp. Brighton & Hove Albion boss Roberto De Zerbi and Germany head coach Julian Nagelsmann are also among the leading names being considered by decision-makers at Anfield.

Amorim is closing in on his second league title with Sporting. They lead city rivals Benfica by a point in the standings heading into their clash at home on Saturday night, though Amorim's men have a game to play regardless.

The 39-year-old has guided Sporting through one of their most successful periods in the club's modern history having ended their 19-year wait for a title back in 2021, while they have also won a further three trophies since Amorim joined from Braga in 2020.