Manchester City enquire as to availability of Barcelona star

According to a report from Onda Cero, Premier League giants Manchester City have been in contact with Barcelona regarding the availability of star midfielder Sergio Busquets.

Class act

Busquets, a vastly experienced 29-year-old deep-lying midfielder, has been with Barcelona for his whole career to date, having come up through the club’s youth system, making his debut in 2008.

He has long been regarded as one of world football’s finest midfielders, with the 97-time capped Spanish international having added a defensive tenacity to his world-class abilities on the ball over recent years.

Citizens interest

And, as per the aforementioned report from Onda Cero, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who managed Busquets during a trophy-laden spell at the Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012, is eager to once again link up with his fellow countryman this summer.

Having allowed Fernando to depart the club for Galatasaray and with Ilkay Gundogan struggling with injuries, City are threadbare in terms of midfield options heading into the new season.

Guardiola also expressed an interest in Busquets last summer, though any advances were quickly rebuffed by the Blaugrana hierarchy.

A similar response is expected this summer, though the questionable atmosphere surrounding the Camp Nou at present following the departure of Neymar means the Citizens maintain a shred of hope in their lengthy quest to sign a world-class midfielder.

Busquets is not the only Barca midfielder that Manchester City are rumoured to hold an interest in, however, with the club having reportedly been rejected in a bid for Sergi Roberto yesterday.

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