Roberto has grown frustrated of being on the sidelines after struggling to break into the talented Barcelona midfield with the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Alex Song also outcasts.
Spurs are keen to add much needed creativity to their midfield and failing to qualify for the Champions League could drastically affect their transfer plans elsewhere.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was at the Catalan club this week in an attempt to get the deal sorted before the end of the season and Roberto is unlikely to feature again for Barcelona.
The La Liga leaders are demanding £7million for their academy graduate and Spurs may have to grin and bear it to ensure the deal happens.
The futures of Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Scott Parker are all in doubt this summer.
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