Barcelona are looking into securing a cheaper back-up for Sergio Busquets.
Sergio Busquets is a vital part of the Barcelona midfield and the club often struggles when he is not out on the field for them. The only player that has successfully taken over Busquets’ role during this season is Frenkie de Jong, who is currently out on an injury.
De Jong and Busquets currently share the midfield but the Dutch international is more than capable of playing as the defensive midfielder as he had a similar role at his previous club, Ajax, where the 23-year-old became the best midfielder in the 2018-19 Champions League campaign.
While De Jong is tipped to take over his 31-year-old counterpart when he retires, Barca have also recently announced the signing of Miralem Pjanic who has played in a similar position for Juventus under recent coaches.
Pjanic has immense experience and has played in a top club for most of his playing days, qualifying him to play as a back-up to Busquets when needed as he is versatile in nature. Despite being known as a playmaker, his vision and ball control allows him to be equally effective from behind which he has done for the past two seasons playing in a double pivot with Juve. But many believe that Pjanic will have a different role at Camp Nou which will ideally be to replace the current position of Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic, who are often seen sharing their minutes.
Busquets, at 31 years of age, has shown signs of decline with the board now believing that the Spaniard needs a solid back-up during the course of the season, with someone who could successfully perform the task in hand when Sergio is getting his well-deserved rest. For that purpose, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu has identified another 31-year-old Bayern Munich midfield as the cheapest reinforcement.
Spanish international, Javi Martinez, has recently announced his departure from Bundesliga to ideally move back to Spain. While he has one more year remaining in his contract, Bayern would like to make a sale this summer in order to make some monetary gain from his departure with a price of roughly 10 million euros being quoted.
While the obvious age factor does not make Martinez the ideal fit for the Catalans, Martinez is also the cheapest option available in the current market especially considering the club’s financial situation. If the coaching staff are keen on getting a back-up for Busquets for next season, Javi could be the perfect man for the job as both Busquets and Martinez can share their minutes while youngsters like Frenkie de Jong, Riqui Puig and many more could be the pace and heart of the midfield.