Pep Guardiola is targeting a reunion with Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets, with Manchester City preparing a £50 million swoop.
As reported by The Sun, the Citizens hope the Spaniard will replace the ageing Yaya Toure, who is eyeing a move away from the Etihad Stadium in the summer.
Busquets has won 25 trophies for Barca, including six La Liga titles and winning the Champions League on three occasions, since making his debut in September 2008.
Irreplaceable for club and country
The Spaniard has been a key cog in the last nine years for club and country, in particularly during the Barcelona’s golden generation under Guardiola when he helped to collect six trophies in a single calendar year in 2009.
Busquets has also got over 100 caps to his name for Spain, where he was vital during their World Cup and European Championship wins in 2010 and 2012 respectively. This all despite only being 29-years-old and still plenty of years left.
Toure out, Busquets in?
Toure has been vital for Man City in the past, but at 34, he has not been as influential in recent times, with Guardiola seeing Busquets as a more than adequate replacement.
Fernandinho has thrived in the defensive midfield role, becoming an unassuming and underrated player for the Citizens so far this season, but the possibility to have someone of Busquets’ ability would easily turn City into one of the favourites in the Champions League.
The only stumbling block for City would be that the Spaniard’s current contract does not run out until 2021 and in that, he has a €200 million release clause. But the Premier League leaders believe a quarter of that will be enough to sway Barca to sell.