According to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona right-back Sergi Roberto might end up at Old Trafford next season.
Sergi Roberto began his Barcelona career playing in midfield, but was moved to the right-back position due to unavailability of players in that position. Since then, Roberto has made that position his.
His current release clause is pegged at €40m, but the Catalan giants are worried that it may not be enough to stop Manchester United from getting him.
According to reports, Barcelona are planning to enter contract negotiations with his agent, and thus increase the buy out clause with the contract extension.
Roberto has accumulated 4 assists in the current season already, and Barcelona will want to hold on to him, as he could potentially be the replacement for Dani Alves, who moved to Juventus in the summer.
Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, and Bayern Munich are also mentioned as interested parties.
Manchester United currently have 3 players who can play in the right-back position – Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian, and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Darmian has been more or less frozen out of the team, with the Italian not getting a single start under new manager José Mourinho.
There were reports linking Manchester United with Brazilian fullback Fabinho this past summer, but the move didn’t go through.
Born in Reus, Tarragona, Catalonia, Sergi Roberto began playing football with local UE Barri Santes Creus at the age of 9, arriving in FC Barcelona’s youth academy five years later from neighbours Gimnàstic de Tarragona.
On 10 November, 2010, Roberto made his debut for the first team, playing the second half of a 5–1 home win against AD Ceuta in the Copa Del Rey.