There is no denying that Sergio Busquets is the greatest defensive midfielder to ever grace the game.
However, with the 34-year-old clearly past his prime this season, finding a successor for the aging number six is imperative for Barcelona. To the delight of culers, the club has named one of Europe’s most sought-after midfielders as a replacement for the Blaugrana icon.
According to a SPORT report, Enzo Fernandez is Barcelona’s dream signing as they target his arrival as early as January.
Led by sporting director Mateu Alemany, the scouting department identified the Argentine’s best qualities that make him an archetypal addition to the team.
Former technical secretary Ramon Planes, who had a major say in the signings of Ronald Araujo and Pedri, is convinced that the Benfica base is the ideal candidate to replace Sergio Busquets.
Additionally, Planes is believed to have spoken to the player’s entourage about a potential transfer during his time at the club.
While a move could have been made during Ronald Koeman’s tenure, his departure coupled with that of Ramon Planes meant that the transfer failed to materialise.
Another key factor in the Fernandez deal not being done is the fact that Barça were at the height of their financial problems a year ago, which forced them to walk away from the transfer.
The Catalan giants are targeting players with astute positional sense, a feather-light first touch and a keen tactical mind.
With long-time target Martin Zubimendi recently signing a contract extension with Real Sociedad until 2027 and a move for Ruben Neves looking unlikely, Barcelona are eyeing Enzo Fernandez as their future defensive midfielder.