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Barcelona Midfielder Is On Manchester City’s Radar: Should The Catalans Cut Him Loose?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

El Nacional has recently reported that Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is on Manchester City’s radar. It is understood that the Catalan midfielder is frustrated with Ronald Koeman and could opt to leave the Nou Camp next summer.

Busquets’ Decent Form At The Nou Camp This Season

Busquets has tried his best to help Barca earn some favourable results despite their recent struggles in La Liga following Lionel Messi’s departure last summer. The 33-year-old made nine appearances for the Catalan giants but is still waiting to open his goal-scoring account for this campaign.

The Spaniard deserves credit for showing grit in the face of adversity as he is averaging 1.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.0 clearances per game in La Liga. He has even distributed the ball relatively well from midfield, based on his pass completion rate of 85.7% in the Spanish first division (stats via whoscored).

At 33, Busquets has continued to stay relevant at the highest level but is probably not enjoying life under Ronald Koeman‘s tutelage this season. He could be tempted with a chance to join the reigning Premier League champions if Pep Guardiola decides to bring him to the northwest of England.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 06: Sergio Busquets of Spain looks on as he warms up prior to the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Semi-final match between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium on July 06, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Should The Catalans Cut Busquets Loose In January?

Busquets remains a tough-tackling central midfielder who can scan the danger quickly to secure possession back for his team at the centre of the park. He is proficient at offering cover for his teammates at the back when they are caught out of position.

The Spaniard can even clear his lines when needed and excels at keeping the ball moving in midfield. However, he lacks pace as father time is catching up with his game which can sometimes make him a liability on the pitch.

Currently, Koeman is trying to promote some of his younger players like Gavi and Nico González to his first team. Hence, Busquets could be forced out of the Catalan club as he doesn’t offer enough value in the long run. All in all, it makes sense for Barca to cut the Spaniard loose as they need to hand more opportunities to their younger players in the coming seasons.

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