When Manchester City set their eyes on a player, more often than not, they force their way into getting him. This time they have set their sights on Sergi Roberto, and the club are working hard to cut a deal with Barcelona for the right-back.
British source report that Manchester City are in advanced talks to bring Sergi Roberto.
The 29-year-old’s contract at Barcelona is set to expire at the end of the 2021/22 campaign.
The right-back has featured in 20 matches this term, netting one goal and providing two assists in all competitions.
Roberto has also left his mark at the international stage after netting one goal in 10 senior appearances for the Spain national team.
He is one of the more likely players to be offloaded by Barcelona this summer and the list of suitors in the Spain international continues to grow.
Pep Guardiola wants to sign a new right-back and Roberto is one of the names at the top of his wishlist.
The Spain international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Guardiola wants to target in the summer transfer window.
The 29-year-old is a skilled right-back who can make a difference at both ends of the pitch.
According to the report, “Manchester City and Barcelona have opened dialogue about a move for defender Sergi Roberto during the summer transfer window. The 29-year-old has spent his entire career with the Catalan giants. After coming through the club’s academy, he made his senior debut in November 2010. The Spain international has gone on to make 304 appearances in all competitions for the Nou Camp outfit. But his game time decreased in 2020-2021 as injuries thwarted his progress. He enjoyed just nine league starts among 15 outings as Barca finished third in the La Liga standings. And a lack of action saw him left out of Spain’s squad for Euro 2020. According to Sport, Roberto’s future at the Spanish giants is now in question. Manchester United were said to be keen but baulked at a price tag of around £51m. City also held an interest last summer but the trail then went cold. However, it is said to have warmed up once again as the Citizens are back in the picture. The report adds that both clubs plus the player are open to a move in the off-season. Pep Guardiola is said to be a fan although he was just starting his career while the Spaniard managed Barca.”
TOP FOOTBALL TRANSFERS
If Manchester City can agree on a fee with Barcelona, the deal should be easy to complete.
Good signing for Manchester City?
The 29-year-old is certainly a player that would strengthen the current City squad and would be a good buy in the summer transfer window. He is vastly experienced, is a dependable figure, and would add depth to the Manchester City team.
City fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see if City can convince the Spanish outfit to sell Roberto in the coming transfer window.
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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.