The daunting task of replacing Sergio Busquets has been one of the primary missions for Barcelona this summer.
However, limited finances have not made this an easy assignment, and as such, a variety of stopgaps have been considered by the Barcelona hierarchy.
Among these short-term solutions is Dani Parejo, whose arrival would provide experience and fit the desired profile for Xavi Hernandez.
Reports even suggested that a one-year contract offer with an option for another had already been sent to the Villarreal veteran.
Nonetheless, according to SPORT, despite approval from the coach, the signing of an ageing veteran who is entering the twilight of his career is not desired by the club’s sports management department.
While Parejo’s signing would be a relatively uncomplicated operation to execute, owing to the player’s economic feasibility, the sports management does not see his arrival so fondly. It is considered that his age is a significant handicap. Last April, he turned 34 years old.
If Parejo showed up, Xavi would be happy because he believes he still has years to play football at a high level. The Villarreal ace played 50 games across all competitions this past season, logging more than 3,800 minutes, and contributing three goals and six assists.
That said, the focus in the offices is on finding a more seasoned younger midfielder for the upcoming seasons. It is evident that Sergio Busquets is a unique football player who cannot be replaced, and finding a successor for him will be challenging.
The Catalan giants have a young core and worry about their promising project being stunted by players past their peak.
This is not the first time Parejo has been a target for the Blaugrana, with reports linking him to the club under Ernesto Valverde’s tenure as well. But even during his peak years, the move never materialized. And it appears the signing of Parejo might not come to fruition once again this summer.