La Liga giants Barcelona have decided to sign either Martin Zubimendi or Ruben Neves from Real Sociedad or Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers as a replacement for the legendary Spain international midfielder Sergio Busquets, who is getting older or will leave the club, Spanish outlet Diario Sport reported on Wednesday. According to reports, Busquets is expected to leave Barcelona at the end of the season to move to Major League Soccer (MLS) unless there is a sudden and major change in his plans. Therefore, for the past period of time, the Barcelona hierarchy has been looking for a player who can replace Busquets. However, it is well known that replacing such an important legend is a complicated task given that Busquets has been one of Barça’s best players for the last 15 seasons. Still, they have been eyeing the two players for a long time, and both are considered the most likely stars to arrive at Camp Nou next summer. Martin Zubimendi Zubimendi is a player favoured by the Barcelona management, but it is not an easy task to sign him. Although Zubimendi’s market value is around €40 million, since Real Sociedad firmly values his release clause to be no less than €60million, and judging from the club’s recent sale of Sweden international center forward Alexander Isak to Premier League club Newcastle United, it will be a major problem for Barcelona to force Real Sociedad into accepting a price reduction. The progress that the 23-year old Zubimendi has made is astonishing and he has been an main staple of Real Sociedad’s first-team midfield since the 2020/21 season. There is unanimous belief within the Barcelona hierarchy that the player can continue to make greater progress with them in the next few years. Ruben Neves Another big target for Barça, Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Neves will be entering his fifth season at Molineux this season, and he has been a integral part of the Portugal senior national team ever since making his debut with Portuguese giants Porto many years ago. Although his market value is similar to Zubimendi, but in his case, because Neves‘ contract does not include a release clause, and his agent is Jorge Mendes, plus according to given the recent transfer fee standards set by Premier League clubs, Barcelona may need to make a very high offer to successfully sign him. On top of that, since Neves is also coveted by the Premier League duo Liverpool and Manchester United, in terms of financial resources, the Blaugrana may not be able come up on top in this transfer battle. The rumour sounds familiar to you? Well, this is actually not the first time Barcelona has been involved in a transfer rumour with Neves. On the contrary, they are claimed to have been interested in signing the 26-year-old Portugal international almost every month. Coincidentally, every time the outlet which had linked them to Neves together is Diario Sports themselves! Although this report has some credibility, the outlet often irks many people as they like to hype the same topic over and over again in order to gain attention with clickbaits. Be sure to stay tuned to us to get to know all the latest updates and news about the hottest football, basketball, gaming and e-sports news at 77577SPORTS. If you enjoy our contents, please leave a like for us at our homepage as a sign of encouragement. Thanks and we’ll catch you next time. Source: 77577.com
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Barcelona reportedly eyeing up to sign Real Sociedad’s Martin Zubimendi or Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Ruben Neves as replacement for club legend Sergio Busquets..