Busquets’ successor is Barcelona’s first summer contract
Barcelona is currently looking for a successor to Sergio Busquets, who appears to be playing his last season in the Blaugrana shirt.
Busquets’ contract with Barcelona expires at the end of this season, and whether his contract is renewed or ends with his departure, Xavi Hernandez’s team will need to strengthen the position of the defensive midfielder.
Xavi Hernandez sees among the options available to strengthen this position, is the contract with Martin Zubimendi, the Real Sociedad midfielder, despite his desire to keep Busquets, but the player prefers to move to the American League.
Barcelona chooses a replacement for Busquets
According to the Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, Xavi and the technical management of the team prefer to include the 23-year-old next summer.
The Spanish report indicated that the young player is highly appreciated and admired by Xavi, Jordi Cruyff and Matthew Alemani, the club’s contracting officials and technical secretariat.
Real Sociedad wants to extend Zubimendi’s contract for at least two seasons, and the club is tempting him to agree to double his salary, in order to improve the penalty clause in his contract and raise his price in front of the teams interested in his services.
The Basque player ends his contract with Real Sociedad in the summer of 2025, but he rejected the idea of renewing his contract with the team, and there is a penalty clause of 60 million euros in his contract.
According to the report published by the Spanish newspaper, Barcelona sees the penalty clause in the player’s contract, which amounts to 60 million euros, is not expensive, while making sure that the player wants to join the Camp Nou, and does not ask for a salary that exceeds the team’s salary ceiling.