Euro Giants To Offer Star New Deal After Man Utd Submit £36m Bid

By on August 9, 2017

Managers are now pressing ahead with their plans for the summer transfer window so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip from around the globe. Today, the latest on Sergi Roberto’s future…

Barcelona are ready to offer Sergi Roberto a new contract after Manchester United submitted a £36m bid for the Spaniard, according to a report in the Mirror.

Roberto has been on Barca’s books his entire career having come through the famous La Masia youth academy and he’s gone on to make over 150 appearances for the first team.

The 25-year-old began his career as a central midfielder but he’s developed in to a top class right-back and he made 47 appearances in that role for the Catalan giants last season.

However, Roberto’s future at the Nou Camp has been questioned this summer following the arrival of Nelson Semedo from Benfica as the Portuguese international is expected to be handed the right-back spot by new boss Ernesto Valverde.

It’s led to speculation that Roberto will look for a move and Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo reported on Monday that Man Utd had submitted a £36m bid which would trigger the players release clause.

Jose Mourinho is looking to further strengthen his squad during the closing weeks of the window and Roberto would have been viewed as a long-term replacement for Antonio Valencia had he moved to Old Trafford.

However, it seems any move is now unlikely as the Mirror are citing a report from ESPN that claims Barca have been given assurances from Roberto that he’s not interested in leaving the club this summer.

The report also says the La Liga outfit are now ready to offer the Spanish international a new contract which would see his release clause removed and they are determined not to let any more players leave following the exit of Neymar.

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I think Roberto would have been an excellent signing for United had they been able to lure him to Manchester but it looks as though Mourinho is going to have to focus on other targets.

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