It’s safe to say that Barcelona have found it seemingly impossible to find a rightful successor to Sergio Busquets’ throne over the years, considering his status as arguably the greatest defensive midfielder of all time.
As the 34-year old’s current contract is set to expire in the summer of 2023, a fresh revelation suggests that the club have set their sights on a prospect that could well fill the veteran’s boots next season.
According to a report by GOAL, Xavi’s side have already had two bids turned down for Vasco da Gama wonderkid, Andrey Santos.
Further details suggest that the club would be willing to negotiate a potential transfer for their prized asset for around €35 million, especially because they are aware that he would tempted by the prospect of playing in Europe.
The Catalan heavyweights face stiff competition for the 18-year old’s signature, with the likes of Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Newcastle United and Everton all interested in his coup.
The teenage sensation is often compared to the legendary Busquets for his metronomic passing, press resistance and astute defensive awareness.
Santos is also known to possess an engine that allows him to function as a box-to-box midfielder, and cause mayhem with his excellent ball-carrying ability.
The Brazilian also has an additional feather to his cap, which perhaps separates him from the World Cup winner, due to being renowned as somewhat of a threat in the final third.
After all, the youngster scored an impressive five goals in his first 25 appearances for the Vasco de Gama senior team.
While only time will tell whether a deal comes to fruition, the arrival of Andrey Santos could potentially allow Barcelona to plan for the future with a certified Sergio Busquets replacement in place.