With Barcelona putting all their efforts into signing Marcelo Brozovic to replace Sergio Busquets, Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Barcelona have discarded the option of signing Villarreal veteran Dani Parejo altogether.
Parejo had emerged as one of the backup options for Barça should they fail to sign Brozovic. However, recent reports suggest that the Catalans might still stand a very good chance of signing the 30-year-old, who has snubbed Al Nassr and is ready to join the Blaugrana.
As such, a move for Parejo seems to be completely off the cards as of now.
The 34-year-old La Liga midfielder had been a player of Xavi’s choice, who believed that he had qualities that would make him a good short-term replacement for Busquets.
Furthermore, another aspect that put Parejo on the Catalan giants’ radars was the fact that he was in the last year of his contract at Villarreal and it had a release clause that would let him leave for free.
However, Parejo was not generating total consensus within the club owing to his age and the fact that he was entering the final phase of his career, despite the fact that he had enjoyed a solid campaign in 2022/23.
And now, a move for the Spaniard has been totally ruled out by the La Liga champions for the summer, with the focus being on the potential capture of Brozovic.
If the Croatian does not arrive, Barcelona will instead look to sign Oriol Romeu of Girona as a low-cost alternative.