Manchester United are considering a move for highly-rated Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.
TalkSPORT reports that the Catalan giants are set to open fresh contract talks with the 22-year-old, amidst interest from clubs in the Premier League. He only played 273 minutes in La Liga last season.
Le 10 Sport go on to claim that both the Red Devils and Arsenal, as well as Inter Milan, are keen on taking the player away from the Camp Nou. However, new boss Luis Enrique does not want to sell.
Despite struggling for first-team chances in Catalonia, the club rate the player, who The Daily Mirror notes has been dubbed ‘the new Xavi’ on occasion. But, if more chances don’t come his way, then eventually a move must seem like a legitimate option.
Manchester United interest
That could bring Manchester United into play, as new manager Louis van Gaal looks to put his stamp on the side at Old Trafford.
The Dutchman has already made some significant signings since taking the reigns of the Red Devils, with Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw joining the former champions for substantial amounts of money.
Roberto would likely come to Manchester United a little cheaper, given his lack of senior experience, but the youngster does offer bags of potential if a deal can be agreed.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be thinking the same thing, and has also enjoyed a successful summer transfer window to-date.
After losing the Gunners’ regular right-back, Bacary Sagna, on a free, the Frenchman replaced his compatriot with Mathieu Debuchy. In between, he secured the significant arrival of Alexis Sanchez, bringing the Chilean international to the Emirates Stadium from…Barcelona.
That previous dealing could help Arsenal in their efforts to sign Roberto, but that’s purely speculative at this stage and it remains to be seen if the Spanish U21 international will try and force a move or continue his development with the Blaugrana.