Man City to make January move for Man Utd target


Manchester City are set to make a €40 million (£35.9m) offer for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto in January, according to reports.

The 25-year-old has been a regular in Ernesto Valverde’s side this season, playing in six of Barcelona’s seven La Liga games (6 starts) to date.

Roberto came through the Catalan club’s famous youth system as a midfielder but has started at right-back four times to start the new season.  His other start in La Liga came in central midfield whilst his sole Champions League start in 2017-18 was as a right midfielder in their 1-0 win at Sporting Club of Portugal.

City boss Pep Guardiola likes his versatile players whilst Sergi Roberto’s buy-out clause of €40 million is cheap by the Premier League club’s standards.

Spanish newspaper Don Balon is reporting that Manchester City will activate Sergi Roberto’s buy-out clause during the January transfer window and that the player himself is unhappy at not being offered a new contract at Camp Nou.

If this is true it could attract the attention of Jose Mourinho as we were strongly linked with a move for the Spaniard during this past summer transfer window.

My question would be whether we really need to splash such a price on Sergi Roberto who would unlikely hold down a regular place in our starting lineup.  Antonio Valencia is one of the best in his position at right-back whilst we are spoiled for choice with options in central midfield when healthy.  To me it sounds like a hefty price for a backup player.

It also remains to be seen whether Sergi Roberto will leave Barcelona in the near future or not.  Given that he is currently a regular in the first team who are already five points clear at the top of La Liga makes you wonder why he’d even consider leaving right now.


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