Despite the transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, Chelsea are linked with a Barcelona midfielder.
Chelsea will make a £24m move for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets next summer but will face competition from Manchester City, according to the Daily Mail.
Blues owner Roman Abramovich is thought to want to add more ‘bite’ to his Chelsea midfield and has identified Busquets as the ideal candidate.
The Russian is prepared to sanction a £24m move for the Spanish international and is confident that will be enough to persuade the Catalans to sell, with manager Tito Vilanova able to call upon the services of Cesc Fabregas, Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano and Thiago Alcantara should Busquets be allowed to leave.
The Mail claim the 24-year-old defensive midfielder will not consider a January move as he wants to complete the current campaign before contemplating his future, but he may be open to a move away from Barca next summer.
Chelsea want more competition for John Obi Mikel in the centre of the park and the World and European champion is seen as the man for the job.
However, Chelsea will face stiff competition from Manchester City for his signature with the Premier League champions also keen to lure Busquets to England.
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