One of the forerunners in the upcoming Barcelona presidential election Victor Font has shed more light on his plans for running the club if he is elected.
Recall that presidential elections have been fixed for January, after former president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned alongside the entire board, in light of mounting criticism over the crisis at the club.
This left a power vacuum at the top and a transitional administration committee led by Carles Tusquets have overseen the day-to-day running of the club, although they have limits to their decision-making powers.
An initial date in March was fixed for the presidential elections but the date has been drawn closer and a new Barcelona president will be elected on January 17.
Victor Font is one of the contestants for the position and in the eyes of many, he is seen as the favorite to win the election, although he will face competition from Toni Freixa, as well as former president Joan Laporta.
Font has been vocal in his ambitions for the Blaugrana and had earlier ruled out the possibility of re-signing Neymar if elected, even though the Brazilian is keen on a return to Camp Nou.
❌ " @AntoGriezmann era un fichaje que no tenía que haberse hecho"
💪 "Xavi será el encargado de convencer a Messi"
😯 "Si Xavi me pidiera fichar a Sergio Ramos y fuera viable económicamente, lo ficharía"
— El Partidazo de COPE (@partidazocope) November 19, 2020
The 48-year-old is also keen on bringing Barcelona legend and current Al Saad manager Xavi Hernandez to the Camp Nou dugout.
With this in mind, he also weighed in on a topic that is sure to generate some controversy, although the possibility of it happening remains low.
”If Xavi asked me to sign Sergio Ramos, I would sign him if it was economically feasible.”
Sergio Ramos has spent the last 15 years with Real Madrid and has written his name into the record books as one of the greatest servants to the club.
The Spain international’s career is deeply intertwined with Los Blancos and considering the animosity that exists between Real Madrid and Barcelona, it is almost inconceivable that he would wear the colors of the Blaugrana.
However, reports have emerged that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez could be open to selling Ramos but it remains to be seen whether Catalunya is a feasible destination.
The Blaugrana broke the bank to sign Antoine Griezmann in the summer of 2019 but it is fair to say that the deal has not worked out well for either party, with the France international currently struggling to rediscover his best form at Camp Nou.
In the opinion of Victor Font, this is a transfer that should not have happened.
”It is clear that Barcelona should not have signed Griezmann because he plays in the same position as Messi”
The Barcelona captain played a key role in the resignation of Bartomeu, as it was his decision to leave the club that prompted a pending vote of no confidence in the board.
The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has committed to staying with Barcelona but it is widely believed that he would leave the club at the expiration of his contract.
Font is, however, counting on the close relationship between Lionel Messi and Xavi to play a role in convincing him to stay and he also revealed he has spoken with the player’s representatives, highlighting his plans for the 33-year-old.
”Messi is disappointed. The club had promised him the freedom to leave whenever he liked, but they didn’t live up to their promise. Now, we must convince Leo with our project and show him that we can win the CL.”
“We have spoken with Messi’s environment and the people close to him, but we haven’t spoken with Leo himself. Xavi is the best person to speak with Leo and prove to him that we have a project.”
The presidential candidate also expressed his dismay with the way the club bungled with Luis Suarez exit without having a replacement in line.
”I was surprised with the way Suárez departed Barcelona without having a replacement. He was the team’s top scorer…”
The elections are scheduled to hold on January 17 and Victor Font alongside other contestants have begun outlining their plans to move the club ahead.