Manchester United have registered an interest in Barcelona star Sergio Busquets as Louis van Gaal steps up his effort to land a world-class midfielder.
According to Spanish newspaper Sport, the Red Devils are in the pack of sides chasing the Spain international, though they’ll face tough competition from Paris Saint-Germain, who are said to be ready to dispense with €75 million for his signature.
Fight for Busquets
Manchester City are also interested in making a deal happen, with the Citizens well aware that Yaya Toure is slipping out of his prime, and so this summer’s transfer window could well see a fight for his services.
Of course his importance in the current Blaugrana setup cannot be understated, meaning that any suitor will have to do a lot of convincing if they’re to have any chance of seeing Busquets arrive, regardless of the fee.
One of the more famous La Masia graduates of recent times, the 26-year-old rose to prominence during the glory years of Pep Guardiola’s tenure at the Nou Camp, and has remained a regular fixture in the first-team ever since.
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Along with Xavi and Andres Iniesta he was part of a midfield trio that epitomised the revolutionary ‘tiki-taka’ style of play, and his consistency has meant that his status as a world-class asset in the middle of the park has rarely been in question.
With that in mind it’s highly unlikely that the Catalans will play ball regarding his potential sale, and with the rumours over Lionel Messi’s blockbuster exit only just having receded, they’ll be keen to stamp out any unnecessary speculation.
Luis Enrique’s squad finally appear to have gotten their affairs in order on the pitch, and the fact that Busquets' role as midfield anchor is very much a key component in the way they play, the sooner the attention if deflected off of his future the better.
That doesn’t mean though that clubs won’t chance their arm come the summer, with Busquets yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with Barca. His current contract runs until the summer of 2018, so there is no immediate hurry to finalise negotiations, but even so his club will want to rule out a departure by tying him down to an extension.
United could do with a play of his abilities and technique, with Van Gaal confirming recently that it was his plan to sign another midfielder.
With the exception of Michael Carrick the Dutchman has struggled to find someone who excels in a role both protecting the back four and setting up plays from a deep position, and though Daley Blind has proven a useful performer, a specialist like Busquets would certainly improve the team. At €75 million though, is he worth the venture?
United fans what do you think? If there was any chance at all of landing Busquets would you like to see it happen? Who would he replace? Let us know in the comments box below...