The Red Bulls are looking for a third DP and this time it is a central midfielder – not a creative playmaker as Hans Backe, the Red Bulls coach hinted.
Rafa Marquez’s future at Barcelona is looking a bit murky. He still has two years on his contract but indications are that the doors to his departure have opened up. With Barca using Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol almost exclusively Marquez’s minutes have been limited. He has adapted as a holding midfielder but Sergio Busquets is now Pep Guardiola’s first choice.
Guardiola is also grooming Andreu Fontas from the B squad for an increased presence in the senior squad which could see Marquez fall further in the depth chart.
Marquez’s minutes have also been curtailed due to an torn meniscus that needed surgery last year and has kept him out. The Mexican international may be the perfect man to join former Barca team mate Thierry Henry to hold the Red Bulls midfield.