Friday, 24 October 2008

Difficult renewal negotiations with Busquets

Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that the renewal negotiations with Barcelona defensive midfielder and Spanish youth international Sergio Busquets (20), that started last week, aren't going smoothly (read more here).

Although the player, whose contract expires next year, wants to stay with Barcelona and both parties want to reach an agreement as soon as possible, talks were suspended this week. The salary issue would be the main problem.

Madrid sports tabloid Marca claims that Busquets and Barcelona agree on the duration of the new contract, four years, but that they have conflicting positions on the fixed share and the incentives share of the salary. Catalan sports weekly paper Gol claims that Barcelona will probably have to pay five to ten times the salary they would have paid if a new contract would have been negotiated last summer.

Catalan sports paper El Mundo Deportivo claims that several European top clubs would have shown interest for Busquets. Italian Serie A club AC Milan would be one of those clubs, with AC Milan sports director Arido Braida already having contacted the entourage of the player by phone.

British tabloid The Daily Mirror claims that Arsenal and Juventus are looking to sign Busquets. And Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Spanish national team coach Vicente del Bosque has recommended his former club Real Madrid to make a move for the Catalan midfielder.

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SimonP said...

Well he can't expect to get the same wages as Touré, Keita etc. He should get a raise but be amongst the lowest paid players.

James said...

We definitely should have signed him to a contract extension prior to the start of the season. Pep knew he was going to use Busquets at least as a backup. It was either poor communication between the coach and management or poor execution by the management. Now Busquets has all the leverage to get overpaid.

fcbee said...

I think everybody was surprised by how he's been doing. Even Guardiola, cause at the start of the season Busquets was sent back to the B team (only Pedro and Sanchez stayed).

Fabian said...

The greedy little bastard!

Although I would act exactly the same way, I think.

Marc said...

why does the board always come off as amateurs in every transfer saga/ contract renewal.. we never seem to have any leverage in these dealings always at the mercy of players and their agents.. or we announce that we dont want player x so his value goes way down arent these guys all old lawyers and politicians... why do they always seem so naive. !!?!?!?!

Marc said...

oh and why should he earn less than toure and keita... he is in direct competion with them for a midfield spot...and he's winning that contest so far.. so why should he expect to be paid less than they are.... I am sure his father is saying exactly that.

BarcaFan (BiH) said...

Marc, you are absolutely right about the board being amateurs. They really are amateurs. They screw every deal with every player and the club always gets fleeced whether we buy or sell a player. What you have just said is exactly what I've been saying for the longest time. Someone needs to replace the people who are in charge of these things.

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