Chelsea Transfer News: Blues Must Sign Busquets for Champions League Redemption

Mike HoagCorrespondent IIDecember 8, 2012

BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 07:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid CF (R) is brought down by Sergio Busquets of FC Barcelona during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Mdrid CF at Camp Nou on October 7, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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Chelsea has lined up another offseason addition by reportedly readying £30 million for Sergio Busquets, Barcelona’s star midfielder, according to Alan Nixon of The Mirror.

Busquet’s price was originally reported to be £25 million back in October, according to The Mirror. The demand for the commanding midfielder has apparently gone up.

Nixon said top Blues scout Scott McLachlan watched Busquets at Camp Nou last week and that the club is “desperate” to sign the midfielder.

On Dec. 4 the Blues agreed to sign Brazilian defender Wallace Oliveira dos Santos, aka Wallace, from Fluminense following the end of the season.

Busquets, 24, and Wallace, 18, are the first two of potentially more moves of this caliber to come before the end of the season.

Premier League teams, especially the top-notch sides, always need to be improving and shuffling things about if they hope to perpetuate success.

That’s especially true for the Blues, who were eliminated from the Champions League during the group phase, becoming the first defending champion to miss out on the knockout stage.

But what can Busquets bring to the Blues?

The Spanish defensive midfielder is accomplished on the world’s biggest stages. He was a big contributor to Spain’s 2010 World Cup victory and the Champions League with Barca in 2009.

Busquets does all of the unglamorous work on the pitch. He doesn’t show up the on the stat sheet, but his teammates and coaches are extremely high on him.

 “Without Busquets we could never have achieved what we have achieved, he is an extraordinary player who is never wrong,” Xavi Hernandez, another star Barca midfielder, said, according to

What Xavi means by extraordinary is that Busquets is a master of his craft. His excellent vision, technical prowess and pitch awareness make him a catalyst for counter attacks.

His presence will free up the Blues to work more on the offensive and push opposing teams more. Busquets will help turn things around at Stamford Bridge. He’s worth it, whatever the asking price may be.

The future is continuing to look brighter for the Blues. Adding not only a great player but a respected, intelligent and accomplished footballer to the lineup will help the side avenge its poor Champions League showing this season.