Widely regarded for many years as one of the best in his position, Sergio Busquets has been an integral part of Barcelona football since entering the first team in 2008. Back then, he was a controversial guy brought in by Pep Guardiola to anchor the midfield and provide solid foundation to the team. During the glorious period enjoyed by Barça in the Pep Era, 'Busi' was definitely one of the top performers on the team, and he solidified his position as a premier defensive midfielder.
Since last season, however, his untouchable status has been in doubt, with a considerable decline in his performances combined with the non-stopping ascension of Javier Mascherano. Busquets has been strongly criticized by analysts and Barça fans in general. The once defensive midfield rock is now (allegedly) a liability in his position. Many argue that his subpar level in the last few years has hurt the team's offensive output, since his ability to initiate the offense is not what it used to be when Guardiola was in charge. Many of the Barça faithful want him to be replaced, and some media members have already made Busquets the subject of transfer rumours.
But as far as the Barcelona board goes, Sergio is not for sale. According to many reports from various European outlets, teams like Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have firmly expressed their desire of acquiring the 26-year-old, all of them willing to pay out Sergio's €150 million release clause and offer him giant wages and performance bonuses (PSG's offer is the most lucrative for the player, sources say).
However, both the board and the player have agreed to remain together for as long as Busquets wants. Basically, he'll only leave when he makes that decision. The club will never look to sell Sergio, because they see Busi as the future leader of the team. Sergio is currently Barça's fourth captain, and his leadership skills, on and off the pitch, make him almost unvaluable in the eyes of the club, from the president to Luis Enrique, who has used Busquets in 19 of the 27 official matches, proving that he still trusts number 5, despite rumors of trust issues between the coach and the player.
Many Barça players are involved in transfer rumours. Some are more likely to come to fruition, but in Sergio's case, none of the rumours will become reality. As long as he wants to, Busquets will be a Blaugrana.
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