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Barcelona eyeing move for in-demand Argentine midfielder as Busquets’ replacement

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There is no denying that Sergio Busquets is the greatest defensive midfielder to ever grace the game.

However, with the 34-year-old clearly looking past his best this season, it is imperative for Barcelona to find a successor for the ageing number six. To the culers’ delight, the club have earmarked one of Europe’s most sought-after midfielders as the replacement for the Blaugrana icon.

According to a report by SPORT, Enzo Fernandez is Barcelona’s dream signing, as they target his arrival as soon as in January.

Led by sporting director Mateu Alemany, the scouting department have identified the Argentine’s finest qualities that makes him the archetypal addition for the side.

Former technical secretary Ramon Planes, who had a major say in the incomings of Ronald Araujo and Pedri, is believed to be confident that the Benfica lynchpin is the ideal candidate to replace Sergio Busquets.

Furthermore, Planes is believed to have spoken with the player’s entourage about a potential transfer during his time at the club.

While a move could have been on the cards during Ronald Koeman’s time in charge, his exit coupled with Ramon Planes’ departure, meant the switch failed to come to fruition.

Another key factor behind why a deal for Fernandez was not wrapped up is because Barça found themselves at the peak of their financial troubles a year ago, which prompted them to walk away from the transfer.

The Catalan giants have their sights set on a player with a smart positional sense, a feather-like first touch and an astute tactical mind.

As long-time target Martin Zubimendi recently signed a contract extension with Real Sociedad till 2027 and a move for Ruben Neves seemed unlikely, Barcelona have all eyes on Enzo Fernandez as their future defensive midfielder.

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