UNITED are prepared to meet Sergi Roberto's £36m release clause at Barcelona, according to reports. If the Catalan club add some new midfielders, then Roberto, who apparently has a £36 million release clause, could be expendable.
The 25-year-old Spanish worldwide has been with the Catalans since he joined the Masia in 2006, and played a starring role after Aleix Vidal went down with an injury last season.
The player himself might consider a move if he feels that he wants to be deployed in his favoured midfield position but with United recently signing Nemanja Matic and Chelsea securing the signature of Tiemoue Bakayoko, the Spaniard is not likely to become a regular midfield starter in the Premier League.
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It will be interesting to see if the club changes its stance on the player's unavailability or the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are forced to look elsewhere to reinforce their respective squads.
However, Roberto's future at the Nou Camp is now in serious doubt as he's expected to lose his place in new boss Ernesto Valverde's starting eleven following the arrival of Nelson Semedo from Benfica.