Manchester United willing to meet Sergi Roberto’s €40m release clause – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are willing to table the €40m needed to bring Sergi Roberto to Old Trafford this summer, according to reports.

The Spaniard, who received his footballing education at La Masia, broke into the Barcelona senior set-up in 2010 enjoyed his finest season yet under Luis Enrique last term, making 47 appearances.

Ernesto Valverde’s arrival this summer, along with Nelson Semedo coming in to feature at right back (Roberto’s main position last season), has threatened to jeopardise a regular place in the starting XI for this season.

And according to Spanish media outlet Sport, United, Chelsea and Juventus have expressed a willingness to pay his €40m release clause over the next few weeks.

Barcelona, in turn, are reluctant to let Roberto leave, and the 25-year-old – a boyhood Barcelona fan – will obviously see the Nou Camp as his preferred destination for next season.

But that could change if it emerges that Roberto will not feature in the big games this season. Semedo’s arrival has moved him back to midfield and competition in that area promises to be fierce – especially if Liverpool do finally grant Coutinho his wish to join Barcelona over the next few weeks.

Mourinho will need to make it clear to the Spaniard that he would be guaranteed an important place in the side for the 2017/18 campaign.

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