Man City and Barcelona in transfer talks over Sergio Busquets
Manchester United are not the only ones ruling the transfer gossip columns this morning, their noisy neighbours Manchester City have an announcement or two on who they wish to bring in this season…
The Guardian is full of it, so too is FanIQ and a small cluster of football news hounds, that Manchester City have confirmed interest in signing the versatile Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.
Little did we know that Manchester City has opened contract talks with Barcelona over a January transfer move for the imposing holding midfielder, according to today’s reports.
Barcelona have been good to Busquets so far nurturing him from the youth squad to senior level and putting faith in the Spaniard to fill a Yaya Toure shaped hole, involving him in all major competitions.
The bad news for Sky Blues fans if this move pulls through is that Yaya Toure is certainly on his way out of the Eithad Stadium, a case of history repating itself you might say.
If Busquets does join Mancini’s army it will mean that he has resigned to lose Toure to a another big money club, currently only Paris Saint-Germain and Anzhi Makhachkala are in the frame.
Mancini will have his work cut of to prize Busquets, who has four years remaining on his contract, away from Spain, but from what the back pages are saying, this is not his first attempt at signing him.
Manchester City chief Brian Marwood initiated negotiation for a Sergio Busquets transfer during the 2010-11 season, but his campaign resulted in failure after the Premiership side failed to meet Barcelona’s valuation of the player.
If Mancini is left stuck between a rock and a hard place in losing Toure and failing to secure Busquets, rumours say he will put in an offer for former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas, but that’s another story altogether.