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Manchester United move for Barcelona utility man but face competition from Chelsea

Report Man United and Chelsea go head-to-head for Barcelona first-teamer with £36m release clause Report Man United and Chelsea go head-to-head for Barcelona first-teamer with £36m release clause
Damon Campbell | 08 August, 2017, 00:47

According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Monaco have joined Premier league heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign Sergi Roberto.

The Mundo Deportivo report suggests that Barca are unwilling to sell Roberto and have knocked back United's opening offer but the Express claim the defender has a £36m buyout clause which has now seemingly been met. Luis Enrique was in dire need of a right-back since the departure of Dani Alves, especially with Aleix Vidal failing to impress the manager.

Since joining Barcelona in 2010, Sergi Roberto has become one of the key components for Barcelona, showing versatility in being able to play multiple positions at the midfield or backline.

And in the wake of emergency, Sergi rose to prominence as he starred in a makeshift role, making 47 appearances in total over last season, with 6 assists and a goal to his name.

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The Old Trafford club have allegedly already informed the Barca midfielder of the interest and Barca are also aware of the tempting offer which has been made.

Jose Mourinho has spoken to Barcelona's Sergi Roberto about a move to Man United.

The Catalans have stated that Sergi Roberto's wishes are to remain with Barca, but have also said that "there is plenty of time remaining before the transfer window closes and things can still happen". Hence, the player could alleviate the need for a new midfielder altogether.

United are not the only English club who are interested in Roberto as it has been claimed that Premier League champions Chelsea are keeping tabs on him.

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