Spanish football journalist Euan McTear can’t see Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto switching Spain for England this summer, despite rumours that Manchester City were offered the Spaniard.
Roberto has been with Barcelona his whole career and even played under current Man City manager Pep Guardiola, when the Spaniard was in charge at the Nou Camp.
The reported £176,000-a-week full-back is one of Barcelona’s vice-captains and on the transfer rumours linking him with Man City, McTear told FFC: “I think with Sergi Roberto maybe not (transferred away). Him in the dressing as a vice captain, I think he brings a lot to Barcelona that they don’t want to lose, especially with Busquets and Pique getting older.”
With Barcelona’s current financial complications, by keeping Roberto it may help them save a lot of money having to recruit in other areas. This is because the Spaniard offers so much versatility.
Roberto has made 191 appearances in central midfield, the most of any position he is comfortable playing in, but the Barcelona man can also play both right and left-back, as well as defensive and right midfield.
Whilst Roberto offers so much in the way of versatility and could be a good fit at Manchester City, Goal are reporting that Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are interested in taking him on a loan deal to the Allianz Arena.