Coral five possible next destinations for Barca’s Sergio Busquets
Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, whose current club are 2/1 with Coral to reach the Champions League final this season, has suggested that one day he would like to ply his trade in the Premier League.
“I envy everything,” he said. “I admire the Premier League for the quality and style of football. Maybe after years playing the same style you tire of it, and football there is very different.
“Stadiums are full, pitches are good, the press is different, people are different, the football culture is different. Everyone talks highly of England and I’d like to experience it one day. You see more space, more opportunity to enjoy your football.
“It’s more physical, more intense, but I think I’d be comfortable. I can’t say I’ll definitely play there because things change and I’ve always said I want to stay here for many years, but I’d like the experience.”
Those positive quotes got us thinking, so we have suggested three possible Premier League destinations for the Spain international, 26, and two others around Europe too.
The Gunners were linked with the 74-capped La Roja player last summer, as they are seeking a replacement for ageing pair Mathieu Flamini and captain Mikel Arteta.
Arsenal have certainly struggled with giving their more attacking flair stars enough freedom, and Busquets would certainly help towards that, as he prefers to sit back and provide cover to let others wok their magic. There is a chance he could link up with former Barca teammate Alex Sanchez once more, as well as compatriots Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Hector Bellerin and Arteta.
Title 10/3 chances City are another team that are potentially looking for reinforcements in the midfield area, as Yaya Toure continues to be linked away from the club, due to the Ivorian’s advancing age and drop in form.
Busquets’ ousted Toure in the Barcelona line-up while the duo were there, and he could be a replacement yet again for the recent Africa Cup of Nations winner.
The Red Devils have slipped up in recent weeks, and are facing a nervy end to the season as they desperately hope to get back into the Champions League. United will only be able to attract top stars to the club if they are playing amongst the elite.
At present, Louis van Gaal is actually well equipped in the defence midfield area, with the likes of Daley Blind, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini able to do a job in that role.
If a move to the Premier League doesn’t work out for Busquets, however, there is always the chance to move to German giants Bayern (11/4 joint-favourites to win the Champions League) under his old boss Pep Guardiola.
Munich are again well-equipped in this area, but Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso are now in their 30s, while Brazilian-born Thiago Alcantara and Basque Country native Javi Martinez have shown to be very injury prone.
It was reported that the Parisians had a £55m bid recently rejected by Barcelona for Busquets, but the French club have the resources to up another bid this summer, and signing someone from a top club would be a real coup.
PSG are becoming more and more a force in Europe, and could tempt Busquets to the Parc des Princes to play with former Barca teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic. He would have to fight out a starting place with the likes of Thiago Motta, Blaise Matuidi, Marco Verratti and Yohan Cabaye.