Reports from Spain last month claimed Manchester United were in the box-seat to sign Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto for just €6million.
Dubbed ‘the next Xavi’, the 21-year-old was tipped for a January switch to Old Trafford by newspaper Sport, despite rival publication Mundo Deportivo suggesting the player was unlikely to consider a move at this point in his career.
But the same newspaper has this morning suggested that of all the interested parties, it is Manchester City and Real Madrid who are ‘most attentive’.
Having previously revealed that Tottenham failed in a bid to bring the player to White Hart Lane on loan, Mundo Deportivo now suggests that Sergi Roberto has been “little more than a decorative figure” in recent seasons at the Nou Camp.
So could a paper that has previously stressed that the player is going nowhere now be changing its tune?
Well they are certainly bemused by the midfielder’s lack of first-team opportunities, given that he has played just 21 minutes so far this season.
Claiming significant interest from City manager Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Txiki Begiristain, the paper states that despite having a contract for another two years, Sergi Roberto may soon grow tired of his lack of game-time. And as much as he wishes to remain at Barcelona, he simply he is not playing.
In what appears to be a carbon copy of the Thiago Alcantara situation, the presence of Barcelona’s world-class midfielders is leading to questions over the future of another of their great young hopes.
Citing that City have had recent dealings with Barcelona in the transfer of Denis Suarez, the paper claims a move could happen, as a man once quick to dismiss interest from elsewhere is reportedly reassessing his situation given the players currently ahead of him.
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