Barcelona President Sandro Rosell has attacked Manchester City and Arsenal for trying to steal the club’s top players and best youngsters, according to Mirror Football.
The comments come a day after transfer speculation suggesting that Roberto Mancini is desperate to bring defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets to Eastlands.
The Italian believes reuniting Busquets with former team mate Yaya Toure would spark a great midfield partnership between the two that would dominate the Premier League. However, the Citizens would certainly have to pay big money for the world cup winner, and the recent comments from Rosell can be taken as a hands-off warning.
Talking at a club forum event, Rosell said: “City are now doing at first team what Arsenal have been doing at academy: call players and offer them lots of money.
“Busquets is the last try from City and in the past we have had the same situation for Messi, Valdes, Xavi and Puyol. But they have all stayed and this is the power and force of Barca.
“Some clubs have asked about Messi, but Leo personally has refused to negotiate.”
The Barca President then turned his criticisms to the Premier League and English Football.
“Barca has never received an offer from a Sheikh. La Liga needs to mirror the view of the Bundesliga and not the way the Premier League and some of their clubs function,” he added.
Today’s transfer rumours have linked City with a player closer to home. Cash-strapped Birmingham’s Nathan Redmond has been compared to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the Manchester club are interested in the youngster’s availability.
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