Barcelona have reportedly told Manchester United they are willing to sell them Sergi Roberto following an approach from the Red Devils.
The 29-year-old has been at the Nou Camp his entire career. After emerging through their youth and B team ranks, Roberto has gone on to make 296 appearances. His best season came in 2015/16 when he played 49 times in all competitions.
However, with his contract due to expire in 2022, the experienced star could find himself moved on this summer.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reported to be keen on Roberto – often used as a right-back – as cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Despite having just 12 months left on his deal come the summer, Barca are reported by Mundo Deportivo to still be seeking a big fee for the player.
As per the article, Barca are said to have informed United it will take a fee of €60m (£51.3m) to sign him this summer.
In the current climate that seems like quite a stretch and Barca will do well to fetch anything like that. Given he has just 12 appearances to his name in the 2020/21 campaign, the price quoted seems wildly ambitious.
Solskjaer is said to be in the running to sign a new right-back this summer. Having seen the way Alex Telles’ signing has inspired Luke Shaw to new heights, it’s hoped the same could be done on the other flank.
However, the reported asking price by Barca is unlikely to go down well with United, especially given the player’s age and contract situation.
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Dalot sends Man Utd a message
One man who could have provided cover for United at right-back is Diogo Dalot. The Portuguese star, signed by Jose Mourinho, was allowed to join AC Milan on loan last summer.
Fate intervened in the draw for the Europa League Round of 16, though, pairing the two clubs together.
Milan will visit Old Trafford on Thursday for the first leg, taking Dalot back to his former stomping ground.
The right-back is eligible to play despite still technically being a Man Utd player. And fresh from scoring his first goal for Milan at the weekend, he is looking forward to the occasion.
“It’s a special occasion, I can’t say it’s not,” Dalot told MilanTV. “I’m happy to see my friends from Manchester United again, and a stadium that has given me a lot.
“But now I’m a Milan player and if I’ll play, I will give my best for this club.
“If we arrive with today’s confidence, we can certainly do well.”