In recent days, there have been stories in Spain speculating that Manchester City want to reunite Pep Guardiola with his former charge Sergio Busquets, the midfielder Pep took with him from Barcelona’s B team to the main squad in 2008.
At 29, Busquets remains one of the world’s finest central midfielders and has had another good season as part of the Barça side that breezed to the La Liga title.
A reunion with Guardiola sounds tantilising on paper, but Spanish newspaper Marca has completely ruled out any chance of it happening today. They suggest the speculation comes from Busquets asking Barcelona for a wage hike – and it wouldn’t be the first time City’s name has been brought up when a Barcelona star has sought a better deal.
City and Guardiola recognise the quality of Busquets, a three-time Champions League winner, but have no plans to make an approach for him, knowing how complicated such a deal would be.
Busquets has a €200million (£175million) release clause, a figure the Premier League champions would never be willing to pay. And Barça will not negotiate his departure, with their stance being that if anyone wants Busquets, they pay his release clause and bank on him wanting to leave the club.
The Blues are instead targeting a midfielder who shares plenty of Busquets’ traits, Napoli’s Jorginho, with the player’s agent today confirming that he will join Man City if they can agree a fee with Napoli.
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