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Barcelona eyes Sociedad's midfielder as Sergio Busquets' replacement

Wed 21 September 2022 | 12:41

Barcelona captain Busquets will put end to 15 years at Blaugrana at the end of this summer as the club reportedly already identified Zubimendi as his potential successor.

Sergio Busquets

will reportedly put end to 15 years with

Barcelona

as he has decided to leave the club next summer when his contract expires. He featured in 36 La Liga games as a starter last season, which is more than any other player at Barca.

With none of their current midfielders convinced as an alternative to Busquets so far, the Catalan giants have turned their eyes to the transfer market for a replacement. According to

Sport

and

Mundo Deportivo

, Barcelona is already identified Real Sociedad’s

Martin Zubimendi

as their captain's replacement in the midfield.

Developed through

Real Sociedad

's academy, Zubimendi has made a total of 105 first-team appearances for the La Liga club, contributing three goals and three assists. Zubimendi's contract runs until 2025 and contains a €60m release clause as Barcelona is ready to make a significant investment.

 

A product of La Masia,

Busquets

broke into Barcelona's first team in 2008 and he went on to establish himself as one of the key players throughout the past 15 years. Making 455 appearances for Barca, the 34-year-old midfielder helped the club win 8 La Liga trophies as well as three Champions League titles. The Spaniard is reportedly close to a move to

MLS

.

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source: Mundo Deportivo

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