Chelsea are reportedly considering a move for Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets.
The 24-year-old is looking for a new challenge and his camp have let it be known there is a possibility of a transfer away from the Catalans next summer, putting a host of big clubs on alert, according to the Daily Mirror. The report also claims that the Blues' owner Roman Abramovich is keen on landing the Spanish anchorman to provide competition to John Obi Mikel and is now planning to table a massive offer at the end of the season.
If Busquets wishes to quit, Barcelona could also be open to a trade as they have plenty of options for the holding midfield role in Javier Maschernao, Alex Song and Jonathan dos Santos, along with other academy products.
City Run for Busquets
Meanwhile, Manchester City chief scout Carlo Cancellieri has revealed the Premier League champions are also interested in signing Busquets, and his fellow midfielder Cesc Fabregas, from Barcelona.
The Spanish duo were recently linked with Roberto Mancini's side, but City released a statement saying the club had neither made nor was planning to make an offer for these players. But Cancellieri claims the champions have targeted both Fabregas and Busquets, but that Barcelona are reluctant to sell.
"We like Busquets and Fabregas a lot, but Barcelona don't want to give these two players," Goal.com quoted the Italian as saying.
Cancellieri Advises Mancini to Sign Chelsea Target Falcao
Cancellieri also admitted City's interest in Fiorentina forward Stevan Jovetic but stated he advised Mancini to sign Atletico Madrid striker and long-time Chelsea target Radamel Falcao instead... if the Italian was planning on adding to the already formidable strike force at the Etihad.
"He [Jovetic] is an interesting player, he has quality. But in attack City are already good. Moreover, I believe that our players are better than Jovetic. He is a very good player, but he is not one who could make a difference such as Falcao," Cancellieri pointed out.
"I spoke about him [Falcao] in recent days with Mancini. If we were to take a player in January, we should take Falcao. He is an important player, the only one who could make us take the leap," the City chief scout added.