Sergio Busquets hopes to have made a decision on his future by February and admits he is attracted by the possibility of playing in Miami.
Busquets, 34, is out of contract with Barcelona at the end of the season and is one of several big European-based players that is drawing interest from Major League Soccer side Inter Miami.
Sources have told ESPN that Barcelona are also open to extending Busquets’ contract with the club, but they will leave the midfielder to decide what he feels is best for his career.
“I would like to have some certainty by February. I have always said I would like to play in the United States, above all in Miami, but from there I have not reached any agreement with any club — in the US or in any other league.
“Barcelona will be the first to know. When I have made a decision, I will tell them.”
Busquets — who joined Barcelona in 2005 and has been in the first team since 2008 — is not the only player on Inter Miami’s radar.
Former Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi has also been strongly linked with the MLS side. A report last week suggested a deal was already in place for him to move to Florida, although sources told ESPN nothing had been agreed and that Messi, like Busquets, would not make any decision on his future until after the World Cup.
Messi, 35, could also decide to extend his deal at Paris Saint-Germain, which expires in June, while there is also tentative interest from Barca in bringing him back to Camp Nou.
“If he wants to return at any moment, who would not like to coach him?” Barca coach Xavi Hernandez told reporters in Qatar on Tuesday. “He is still the No.1.”
However, as Messi prepares for Argentina‘s make-or-break group stage game against Poland on Wednesday, LaLiga president Javier Tebas poured cold water on a possible Barca return, saying he would be out of their price range.
“I don’t know what [Messi] wants,” Tebas said. “First of all, if he wants to leave PSG; secondly, if PSG will let him leave; and, thirdly, it then depends on what he earns, right?
“If all these three things fall into place and it’s an affordable amount for Barcelona, inside [LaLiga’s] financial regulations, he will sign. But it depends on what he earns. If it’s what he earned when he left [in 2021], then no. With the amount Messi earns [at the moment], only PSG can afford him.”
Barcelona’s financial situation did improve last summer after they sold club assets worth over €700 million, but the signings of Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha, among others, means there is currently no money left for the January transfer window.
“Right now, we cannot sign in January,” sporting director Jordi Cruyff said on Tuesday. “The fair play situation has changed for a cumulation of reasons.
“It is not a question of if a player goes it is all solved, either. There are different solutions. But we are clear on what we want to do if we can sign in January.”
Cruyff also revealed Ajax and Ghana‘s Mohammed Kudus, one of the stars of the World Cup so far, has been tracked by the Catalan club, although he stopped short of saying there is any genuine interest at this stage. “I saw him play a year ago and have followed his progress at Ajax,” he added. “But we’re not at the point of saying ‘Barca want this player,’ not at all.
“He is a player that has caught the attention with his performances and goals at the World Cup. He’s caught my attention especially because there is a debate in the Netherlands about his position, whether he’s an advanced midfielder or a forward.”
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