The agent of Barcelona midfielder Xavi has admitted that talks over a new contract with the Catalan giants have stalled in recent times.
Manchester United have been linked with a move for the 28-year-old Spain international, whose current deal runs out at the end of next season.
The Red Devils are likely to now be on the alert over the possibility of making a move, following the comments of Xavi's representative, Ivan Corretja.
He admitted: "Next week I expect a new meeting with sporting director Txiki Beguiristain.
"We wait on news but the deal is not imminent because there exists too many differences between the two parties.
"It is not easy to close an accord at this moment."
Last month the Barca star's father had stated that a new contract was close at hand, saying: "We believe that there are no problems standing in the way of a new deal.
"Xavi is content in Barcelona and wishes to finish his career with the club. The objective is to obtain a deal until 2014. That would be perfect.
"Each year Xavi has received offers from big clubs but has decided not to move. If Barcelona want him then it is nearly impossible that Xavi will leave."