Manchester City came painfully close to lifting their maiden UEFA Champions League title last season before falling short against Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea in the all-important final.
It was a heartbreaking moment for the City fans across the globe and since then it has been a known fact that the Premier League champions are headed towards a squad revamp this summer. Pep Guardiola is set to receive the full financial backing of the Cityzens this summer and one can expect the Sky Blues to make some top buys this summer.
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Sergi Roberto at Barcelona endured one of his worst seasons last season and looks set to leave the club this summer, with only one year left in his contract. Roberto is not considered as ‘untouchable’ under Ronald Koeman and the arrival of Emerson Royal at the club could very well complicate his future at Barcelona, should he decide to stay.
The club is desperate to offload him this summer as they look to battle their financial difficulties.
Todofichajes understands that Pep Guardiola is looking to bring in Roberto to the Eithad Stadium this summer. Roberto too is said to be interested in the prospect of playing in the Premier League. Moreover, with the Spaniard set to receive the full backing of his former Barcelona boss, a move to Manchester could very well be a welcome boost for him.
The source also reports that Roberto could be available for the Premier League champions for a fee of around £18 million. However, with negotiations, the price could go down to £15 million or less than that, given that the player has got only one remaining year with Barcelona.
The current idea at Camp Nou is to offer the 29-year-old a new 2-year contract with a wage cut to get a better sale price for him. The player, however, has not yet given an answer to Barcelona’s questions and is likely to be offloaded this summer if he does not accept the contract.
Roberto is a natural right-back but the 29-year-old considers himself to be more of a midfield player and at £15 million, he could be a bargain buy for Pep Guardiola as he looks to build a UCL-winning squad for the next season.