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Barcelona Are Dreaming Of Recruiting This Manchester City Ace: Good Option For Xavi?

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In a recent report, Fichajes claimed that Barcelona are dreaming of recruiting Manchester City ace Rodri next year. It is understood that Barca have identified the Spain international as a replacement for Sergio Busquets.

Rodri’s Impressive Form At The Etihad Stadium

Rodri has made a strong start to this campaign after producing some impressive displays at the centre of Pep Guardiola’s midfield. The 26-year-old has been involved in ten matches for the reigning Premier League champions this season across all competitions.

The Madrid-born talent has been a consistent performer in the middle of the park based on his average of 0.9 shots, 1.0 interceptions, 1.1 clearances, 1.6 shots, 0.6 key passes and 0.6 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 92.4% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Rodri’s current deal with Man City is set to expire in the summer of 2027. Hence, Barca would have to orchestrate a big-money offer if they are to stand any chance of securing his services next year.

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Is Rodri A Good Option For Barcelona Boss Xavi?

Rodri is a good tackler of the ball and can make a few crucial interceptions for his team at the centre of the park. He usually puts his foot through the ball when needed and can offer decent protection for his teammates at the back. Rodri is primarily a defensive midfielder but can also play as an attacking midfielder if needed.

The Spaniard is a tidy passer of the ball as well and can create some decent openings in the final third. He is quite clever when making late runs from midfield and can also chip in by scoring the odd goal from time to time.

Rodri is currently playing at the top of his game and has got what it takes to enhance the quality of Xavi’s first XI at the Nou Camp. At 26, he has got his best years ahead of him which makes him a great option for the Catalan giants to pursue next year.

We can expect the Madrid-born sensation to add more bite and steel to Xavi‘s midfield and would be an ideal, long-term replacement for Sergio Busquets, who is facing an uncertain future at the Catalan club. With all things considered, Barcelona should consider going all in for Rodri at the end of this campaign if they have enough funds available to make such a big-money transfer in 2023.

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