As Barcelona prepares for the upcoming season, they are on the hunt for a new midfielder to replace Sergio Busquets. Busquets recently announced his departure from the club after 15 seasons. While Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has been linked to the Spanish giants. Recent News indicates he isn’t the like-for-like replacement Barcelona are considering.
According to Sport, Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez is not a fan of Wolves player Ruben Neves. Xavi is looking at other options to fill the midfield void left by Busquets. Though one of these options is said to be Sofyan Amrabat, among several others.
Barcelona News: Gundogan and Busquets
While Gundogan has been rumoured to be a potential replacement. It seems that he would not be utilized in the same position as Busquets. Sport reports that if Gundogan were to join Barcelona, he would likely be played in a more advanced role.
This news could have implications for Frenkie de Jong, who has struggled in the deep midfield position in recent seasons. If Barcelona cannot secure a suitable replacement for Busquets, de Jong may be called upon to fill the role. However, the Dutchman has shown promise in Busquets’ absence this season. It remains to be seen how he would fare as a permanent replacement.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the Busquets replacement, Barcelona remains a top destination for players, and their sporting project could entice many to join the club. However, with other top clubs across Europe also eyeing potential free agent Gundogan, Barcelona will need to act fast if they want to secure his services.
While Gundogan’s future may be up in the air, one thing is certain: Barcelona will need to find a strong replacement for Busquets if they hope to maintain their dominance in La Liga and contend in the Champions League. Only time will tell who the club ultimately chooses to fill this crucial role.