Chelsea chase £6.5m Barca ace

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Chelsea are planning a summer bid for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto, reports the Daily Mail.

The Spanish U21 international was first linked with a move to west London when former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas identified Roberto as a future star.

After bringing Oriol Romeu to Stamford Bridge last summer, Russian owner Roman Abramovich is keen to continue the planned recruitment drive, and will attempt to further reshape Chelsea's midfield by signing the 20-year-old.

According to Catalan newspaper Sport, the Premier League club could bid up to £6.5million for Roberto, but Barcelona have so far knocked back all enquiries for the talented youngster.

Despite rarely featuring last season, new coach Tito Vilanova plans to incorporate Roberto in the club's first-team plans next season, and so will be keen to keep him at Camp Nou.

The proposed sale of Seydou Keita could also impact on Chelsea's recruitment plans. If the Mali international leaves then Roberto's first-team chances would improve dramatically.

However, if Keita stays then the young Spaniard may be allowed to leave in a deal that will include a buy-back clause similar to the Romeu deal.

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