La Liga heavyweights Barcelona reportedly view 28-year-old Argentine international Guido Rodriguez as a replacement for Sergio Busquets.
According to a report by ARA, Guido Rodriguez has emerged on the radar of Barcelona amid the search for a successor for Sergio Busquets. The 28-year-old Argentine international is an alternative to Martin Zubimendi, who will likely remain at Real Sociedad.
Guido Rodriguez has established himself as one of the best midfielders in La Liga since joining Real Betis. The player had spent his career until January 2020 in South and North America. But the move to Spain has done wonders for his career.
The 28-year-old has been a pivotal figure for Real Betis in the last three years. Rodriguez has turned out 117 times thus far for Los Verdiblancos, chipping in with six goals and three assists. And the Argentine international, who will represent La Albiceleste at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, has captured the attention of FC Barcelona.
Barcelona will likely enter the market for a midfield reinforcement in the summer transfer window next year. With Sergio Busquets in the twilight of his career, the Blaugrana will need to lay down a succession plan. And the Barcelona captain might depart from Spotify Camp Nou as early as the 2023 summer transfer window.
Several midfielders, including Youri Tielemans, have emerged on Barcelona’s radar over a possible move. But the priority target for the Catalan outfit reportedly is Martin Zubimendi. However, recent reports have claimed that the Spanish international does not want to join Barcelona yet.
Guido Rodriguez has thus emerged as a viable alternative for the Blaugrana to consider next year. The 28-year-old is at the peak of his powers and well-settled in La Liga. And the Argentine international has the experience to fill the big boots that Busquets will eventually hang up when he calls time on his career.
The Catalan giants have already seen Gerard Pique decide to retire abruptly. And Barcelona must be prepared for the eventuality of Busquets leaving. Guido Rodriguez is the latest target for them, and it will be interesting to see if the 28-year-old Argentine international joins them next summer.