Sergio Busquets subject of three-way Premier League transfer battle

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Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are locked in a three-way race to sign Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets next summer, following reports the Spain international is considering his Camp Nou future.

According to The Express, the 26-year-old - regarded as one of the world's best players in his specialist position - is thinking about the possibility of a new challenge abroad, having spent the entirety of his career in in Catalonia so far.

European heavyweights Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have both previously been mooted as admirers as well, with Pep Guardiola knowing the player well from his time in charge in La Liga.

However, it's understood that the trio of Premier League clubs is a more likely destination than either the Allianz Arena or Parc des Princes, with English football possibly better suited to Busquets' style of play.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal will be hoping that former Barca team-mate Victor Valdes - who has been training at Carrington since October - will convince the player to choose Manchester United ahead of either Chelsea or Arsenal.

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Of course, Valdes is yet to be offered a playing contract at Old Trafford himself, but his mere presence could give United an advantage over their rival suitors if Busquets does in fact decide to leave Barcelona.

Arsene Wenger is known to be on the lookout for a defensive midfielder, but there is a good chance that the Gunners tactician will want to address that problem in January, rather than wait until the end of the season when Busquets will make a decision on his future.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho is blessed with an array of midfield talent at Stamford Bridge, but the prospect of being reunited with Cesc Fabregas might also come into the Barcelona man's thinking when it comes to making a decision about a potential transfer.

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