Thursday, 22nd March, 2012

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City are all keen on acquiring the services of former Barcelona sporting director Txiki Begiristain, according to Catalan daily Sport.

Begiristain served as Barcelona’s transfer supremo between 2003 and 2010 and is credited with bring a number of exceptional players to the Camp Nou to supplement the club’s outstanding youth policy.

The Spaniard, who enjoyed a distinguished playing career, winning 22 caps for La Roja, also enjoyed a superb working relationship with Frank Rijkaard and current Blaugrana boss Josep Guardiola.

Begiristain’s time at the Camp Nou only came to an end due to the departure of president Joan Laporta and the desire for a new broom at the Catalan giants.

The 47-year-old’s light has not dimmed though and it is little surprise he is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in the game.

Manchester City’s interest in Begiristain was first floated in in January and now the Citizens have been joined by Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea’s desire to sign up in the Spaniard could indicate a wider reshuffle at Stamford Bridge beyond the vacant manager’s post.

While Spurs may have to also address their internal managerial structure if, as expected, Harry Redknapp is appointed as the new England boss.

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