After a quieting down of the potential transfer of Sergi Roberto from Barcelona, new developments indicate that the right-back is once more eager to force a move away from the La Liga giants. Interestingly, the unrest has arisen due to what journalist François David describes to be a ‘fractured relationship between the players and the management’ at Barcelona.
Furthermore, Spanish outlet Don Balon report that the 25-year-old was fuming at being played merely as a substitute during the club’s clash with arch-rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup. The encounter saw the Catalan club suffer a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the reigning UEFA Champions League and La Liga champions.
The same source put the Spaniard’s release clause at a modest £36.5 million – an amount that Man United, who have had the player on their radar, will be more than pleased to meet.
Elsewhere in England, reigning champions Chelsea are in the hunt to secure the services of the player who can function both as a wing-back as well as a defender. Antonio Conte will be eager to see a transfer through following his team’s opening day embarrassment.
However, Juventus are reportedly seeking to capture Roberto as well. The Old Lady, having already lost Dani Alves and Bonucci, will be eager to secure their wings.
Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, is believed to have a key interest in the player. Should the transfer occur, the starlet can be assured a first team position with the Red Devils.
The Portuguese manager is yet to find a satisfactory wing-back to complete his back four, with the likes of Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind not possessing finality in the position. At Barcelona, however, the player has had to constantly struggle for his place.
It remains to be seen which European giant Roberto, who proved vital in Barcelona’s memorable comeback against PSG last season, will render his talents to.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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