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Barcelona drifting away from Guido Rodríguez, Joshua Kimmich, and Martín Zubimendi

The search for a replacement for Sergio Busquets goes on

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Three of Barcelona’s top choices for a new defensive midfielder are drifting away, for different reasons, according to a new report. Guido Rodríguez, Joshua Kimmich, and Martín Zubimendi are three players wanted by the Catalans to replace Sergio Busquets. But the search may go on to look elsewhere.

Rodríguez, who plays for Real Betis, is 28 years old, and it’s understood Deco wants to move away from older players in the transfer market. A recent ankle injury requiring surgery has also made Barcelona re-think whether they want to approach him.

Kimmich is 28, and once again there is a desire to go for a younger player who may be even hungrier for titles. But there’s also the fact that his wage demands will be quite high, and that taking him away from Bayern Munich will be quite complicated.

When it comes to Zubimendi, whom Xavi likes very much, the club is not ready to spend 60 million for him as Real Sociedad demands. That, and they don’t like that he’s been “cold” when approached by the blaugrana over the past few years.

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