Report: Barcelona star Adriano nears contract renewal despite talk of a summer exit

Barcelona’s Adriano has been heavily linked with a move away from the club.

According to a report in the Spanish editorial Diario Sport, Barcelona are closing on a deal to keep Adriano at the club until 2017, with the option of another season on top of that.

The Brazilian full-back featured sporadically last season, making 16 La Liga appearances, which prompted talk of a possible departure from the Nou Camp this summer.

Italian giants Roma are said to be among those pushing for a deal, Spanish paper Marca highlighting their interest and drumming up the prospect of a potential switch to the Italian capital.

However, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique wishes to hold on to the versatile defender and fresh reports now claim a contract extension has been offered, with the player expected to sign.

“Adriano’s situation has taken a radical turn. The Brazilian full-back seemed like he was destined to leave, but now finds himself on the verge of extending his contract with the Blaugranes,” Diario Sport say.

Key squad member:

Adriano may not be a regular in the Barcelona first-team, but likewise with Pedro Rodriguez, he is a key member of the squad due to his versatility and obvious quality.

The 30-year-old can play in both full-back positions and also as a wide midfielder, with his passing, dribbling and concentration key characteristics of his game.

Dani Alves and Jordi Alba are the club’s two first choice full-backs, yet with plenty of matches to play in Spain and on the European stage, both players can’t be expected to feature in every outing.

Adriano is arguably the most trusted backup player, and his ability to score goals from deep is an underrated weapon the club can call upon when playing opponents intent on sitting deep.

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