Manchester United move for Barcelona utility man but face competition from Chelsea

Posted August 08, 2017

Sky Sports have picked up on something in the Spanish media vehicle, Don Balon and reporting that Roberto is subject to interest from two English Premier League clubs, Chelsea and Manchester United, and also the La Ligue club Monaco.

Roberto, a 25-year-old Spanish global who can play as either a midfielder or full-back, has been on the books of Barcelona since joining the club as a youngster in 2006.

Sergi Roberto surprisingly arrived into the first-team setup as a right-back and established himself, despite being a natural midfielder.

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Barcelona are adamant that the versatile midfielder, who can also play right back, will not be sold following the £198m departure of Neymar to PSG.

Chelsea, too, were looking at the player as a potential solution to the dearth of options at right wing-back.

However, according to recent reports, Manchester United have submitted a €40 million bid for the Spaniard, which has been swiftly rejected by Barcelona, who have declared the player as not for sale and an indispensable part of the team.

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The same report also claims that Chelsea are considering a move for Roberto, with Antonio Conte increasingly keen to add to his squad before the transfer window closes.

The Barcelona defender is already liked by Manchester United and Chelsea, and will down in history for scoring the winning goal in the Blaugrana's incredible comeback against PSG, beating them 6-1 in Champions League action.

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