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Mancini Scouting £35m European Champion To Complete The City Masterplan

Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets is Roberto Mancini’s number one target for the January transfer window, according to Itasportspress. City enter their debut season in the Champions League this year, and though there are a number of players with experience in Europe’s elite tournament, only Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure possess a winners medal, and the City boss is reportedly keen on adding Busquets to his squad in January, with the Spaniard already a European Champion with Barcelona last year, and back in 2009.

Busquets used to keep Yaya Toure out of the Barca side, however the Ivorian has been given a more attacking role at Manchester City since his arrival last year, and so his place in the side is unlikely to come under threat should they be reunited. Mancini tends to deploy Gareth Barry or Nigel de Jong as City’s ‘defensive midfielder’, and it seems likely that one of these two would miss out should Busquets complete a move to Manchester.

Busquets has become a regular part of the Barcelona set-up, and has established himself as one of La Liga’s top midfielders, though the arrival of Cesc Fabregas in the summer has raised questions over the midfield that Pep Guardiola is most likely to go with on a regular basis.

Whether or not Barca would be willing to part company with Busquets remains to be seen, though an offer of £35million will surely force the club to at least consider sanctioning such a move. With both Xavi and Iniesta almost certain of a place in the Barcelona starting XI, and Cesc Fabregas completing a £30m move to the Nou Camp last month, Busquet’s place in the side is far from guaranteed. The Spaniard may also feel he has achieved all he can with Barcelona, and the appeal of Premier League football may be difficult to turn down.

One thing seems certain: we can expect City to come back in to the transfer market in January with the same intent and financial power as always, and with them already reportedly lining up bids for European Champions such as Busquets, both the quality and quantity of players at Mancini’s disposal this time next year looks set to be greater than ever. And there doesn’t seem to be much we can do about it.

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