Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is all set to move to the Major League Soccer (MLS) of the United States once his contract expires at the end of the season.
Busquets, 34, has been at Barcelona since 2005 and is currently playing his 15th season with the senior team. And now that his age is seemingly catching up, the veteran midfielder has decided to call time after playing more than 650 matches for the team.
In turn, he has decided to cross the European borders and as quoted by COPE, he will sign for David Beckham’s Inter Miami at the end of the season.
Meanwhile, as far as his manager, Xavi, is concerned, he is said to be very happy with the midfielder. The 42-year-old believes Busquets can still play another season but at last, it is the player himself who will take the final call
“Xavi is very happy with Sergio Busquets. He’s convinced he can do very well for the club for one more season, but it also depends on Busquets,” explained transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano.
The journalist further added any decision regarding the future will be taken in 2023 and there is a slight possibility that he might still continue for another season. In short, Xavi’s everything hinges on how Xavi approaches his talk.
“A decision will be made in 2023 and not now. There’s a chance for him to continue for one more year as Xavi will push for that, but Busquets has also proposals from MLS,” Romano added.
If Busquets does decide to leave, Barcelona have a contingency plan in place. As reported before, Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi and Wolves’ Ruben Neves are said to be topping the list at the moment and it is the former who has Xavi’s utmost vote.
As far as their fees are concerned, the Real Sociedad midfielder will cost somewhere around €60 million in the January window while any operation for Neves would go upto €65-70 million.