Atletico could solve their issues at midfielder and right-back this summer as they eye up a move for Sergi Roberto.
It’s claimed by Spanish media that Atletico Madrid are interested in Barcelona star Sergi Roberto.
The 30-year-old’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season.
He has banged in two goals and provided one assist in 12 matches for Barcelona this term on all fronts.
Roberto has also left his mark at the international stage after netting one goal in 11 senior appearances for the Spain national team.
Given that his contract is expiring soon and he has not yet signed an extension, the rumors have only heated up in recent weeks.
Sergi Roberto is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.
Atletico Madrid are looking to sign a right-back and have identified the 30-year-old as potential transfer target. They are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
Roberto would be a versatile addition for the Atletico, having featured at central midfield, right-back and in a wider midfield role.
According to the report, “Barcelona utility Sergi Roberto is attracting interest from LaLiga champions Atletico Madrid. Goal says Atletico are monitoring Roberto’s situation. They consider him a ‘market opportunity,’ but not a priority as they look to strengthen this summer. Atletico are looking to improve at right-back following the departure of Kieran Trippier in January. Aston Villa’s Matty Cash, Mallorca’s Pablo Maffeo and Valencia’s Thierry Correia have also been linked. Barça are aware that Roberto wants to stay at the club and has still not committed to any other team as a result. However, early negotiations saw the two parties miles apart on any sort of agreement. The 30-year-old is currently sidelined after undergoing surgery.”
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Atletico will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Roberto to join the club.
Good signing for Atletico Madrid?
Undoubtedly he would be a fantastic recruit for Atletico Madrid.
La Liga side need to add more depth to their defense and midfield and the 30-year-old would be a good signing.
Sergi Roberto has all the skillset required to be a success story at Atletico Madrid. Therefore, it makes sense for Atletico to step up their attempts to bring the Spain midfielder to Madrid.
How strong that interest is and whether Atletico will make a move remains to be seen but it is certainly one worth keeping an eye on.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.