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Manchester United offer €40m for Barcelona defender

According to Mundo Deportivo, Manchester United have submitted a €40m bid for Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto.

The report comes from the reliable Edu Polo, who writes that Barcelona consider Roberto, 24, to be ‘non-transferable.’

The Spaniard is a versatile player capable of playing as a central midfielder, in a deeper holding role, as a right-back, and even as a right-winger.

Polo believes United’s Premier League rivals Chelsea also retain an interest in Roberto. Manchester City tried to sign the player at the end of 2016 by making a substantial bid. City’s efforts; however, ended in frustration when Barcelona rejected their advances.

 

It is believed that it is Roberto’s desire to remain at the Camp Nou. The Catalan player has been associated with Barcelona since 2006.

If United fail in their pursuit for Roberto, the club could possibly intensify its interest in Serge Aurier.

The PSG outcast is rumoured to be a potential target for manager Jose Mourinho as the Portuguese looks to strengthen his defensive depth.

Roberto made 52 appearances for club and country this past season where he scored 2 goals and registered 6 assists.

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