- 20 March
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Busquets rejects Al Nassr's €20 million a year offer
Sergio Busquets has rejected the chance to follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Al Nassr, turning down the Saudi Arabian club's offer of €20 million according to Catalan media.
Ronaldo completed his €200m a season move to Al Nassr on 1 January having been released by Manchester United before the World Cup, and a number of stars have since been linked with his new employers.
Busquets was one such player. A Barcelona legend who lined up on the opposite side of the Clasico divide from Ronaldo for many years, he is out of contract at Camp Nou at the end of the season, and speculation about a move to Saudi Arabia has been growing.
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However, unlike Ronaldo's recent experience in Manchester, Busquets continues to enjoy the trust of his manager and former teammate Xavi, and he has reportedly turned Al Nassr down.
🔥 @5sergiob always protects the ball 🙌 pic.twitter.com/136HYo4Zb2— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) November 7, 2021
'Busquets has said 'no''
"Busquets has said no to €20m a season to play for Cristiano Ronaldo's team in Saudi Arabia," report Jordi Costa and Sonia Gelma of the Tot costa show on Catalunya Radio.
Busquets is currently on €37m gross per season at Barca, making him the second-best paid player at the club after Frenkie de Jong, so a financial hit was never likely to entice him, yet alone a footballing one.
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Busquets has started 12 of his 14 La Liga appearances for Barca this season, helping them to the top of the table with his unique combination of aerial dominance, shielding of the ball and progressive passing.
His future remains undecided, and David Beckham's Inter Miami have also been linked with a move for the Spanish former World Cup winner, although Xavi is understood to be keen to tie him down to another year at Camp Nou.
Busquets would likely have to settle for reduced terms should he stay, though. The Blaugrana have run into yet more financial turmoil following their group stage exit from this season's Champions League, and are looking to offload players this January.