Man Utd is ready to meet the release clause of Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto if the 25-year-old pushes for a transfer, according to the English media.
Roberto is said to be unhappy at the Nou Camp and the midfielder’s mood will not have improved with the arrival of former Tottenham midfielder Paulinho.
According to reports in Spain, Roberto has a shockingly low release clause of £36.5 Million, a figure that United will pay in a heartbeat, but they will not make any attempt to sign Barca youth player without encouragement from the player himself.
Despite his reported unhappiness, Roberto apparently is hesitant to leave the club but if he wants more playing time, especially in a World Cup year, he may have no choice.
What would be the final nail in the coffin would be the arrival of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, that would in effect render him surplus to requirements.
Roberto is already struggling to cement a first team place and that was before the arrival of Paulinho and the potential arrival of Coutinho.
Juventus are also reported to be interested in Roberto and if his departure from Barca becomes imminent you can expect the Champions League finalists to also make an attempt at signing him.