The question of whether this will be the last season of Sergio Busquets with FC Barcelona is far from being answered conclusively at this point in time. While previously it was thought that the Barcelona captain would leave after this season, new developments point towards a different direction.
Busquets has been a one-club man for his entire career, as he made his debut with Barcelona in 2008, and has been an integral part of the club’s squad ever since. He has seen his team conquer the world of football with Pep Guardiola, and won another treble under Luis Enrique.
However, as he has advanced in age, his body is no longer fit for the physical requirements of a top European competition. As a result, the club has been looking to move on from the central midfielder, and bring a more athletic option in his stead. This was certainly the thinking at the club a few months ago.
A new report from SPORT now claims that this is no longer the case. The club understands that the wage and spending caps being implemented by La Liga would make it impossible for the club to bring a higher-quality midfielder at the club next season.
Options like Ilkay Gundogan and Martín Zubimendi have been previously considered, but it is clear that they will cost the club higher than retaining the services of Busquets for another season.
Thus, the report claims that Busquets will receive an offer from Barcelona in the coming days. This will be for a single year, with no exit clause in January, and a wage significantly lower than his current wage.
However, this wage will still be nearer to the wages that he is expected to receive from the MLS club, as MLS also has wage caps in place for its clubs. Still, an offer from Saudi Arabia can change the scenario, and the Catalan club would have to move fast to secure Buequets’ services for another season.