Barcelona next manager – latest odds: Arsenal's Mikel Arteta tipped to replace Xavi after Champions League disaster | The Sun

MIKEL ARTETA is favourite for the Barcelona job.

That's according to bookmakers Betfair, who've installed the Arsenal manager at 2/1 to replace Xavi at the Nou Camp.

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But there's no shortage of quality candidates with Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique all included in the betting market.

Xavi's future is under the microscope following the club's disappointing Champions League campaign.

Barcelona dropped into the Europa League having lost three of their six Group C matches, beating only Czech minnows Viktoria Plzen.

The club spent £137million on new recruits over the summer.

Those signings included Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Jules Kounde but their budget factored in reaching the quarter-final stage.

The failure to get out the group stages could now cost them up to £20million in prize money.

Barcelona are just a point behind Real Madrid, but Spanish newspaper Sport claim club chiefs are keeping tabs on Arteta's progress at Arsenal.

Barcelona next manager

Betfair odds

  • Mikel Arteta – 2/1
  • Pep Guardiola – 4/1
  • Mauricio Pochettino – 6/1
  • Luis Enrique – 8/1
  • Thomas Tuchel – 12/1
  • Julian Nagelsmann – 16/1
  • Roger Schmidt – 25/1
  • Diego Simeone – 33/1

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Arteta has received plaudits for his transformation of Arsenal, who currently lead the Premier League champions Manchester City by two points.

He's favourite to replace Xavi at 2/1, ahead of mentor and Barcelona legend Pep Guardiola, who is available at 4/1 to make a sensational return.

Mauricio Pochettino is behind at 6/1, ahead of Luis Enrique (8/1), Thomas Tuchel (12/1) and Julian Nagelsmann (16/1).

However, club chiefs are still backing their former midfielder to deliver.

Vice-president Rafa Yuste said: "It is a disappointment to be out of the Champions League because we always aspire to win everything, but we will continue fighting to give the fans the titles they deserve.

"The confidence in Xavi is absolute, 100%. Xavi is a home coach, who knows what to do, who is fighting with a team that is under construction. We have all our hopes pinned on Xavi.

"He is a coach that we want and he has a squad that is going to do it little by little and I am convinced that he is going to bring us the titles."

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