Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to take advantage of the uncertainty surrounding the future of Barcelona ace Sergi Roberto. The Spaniard has just 18 months left on his existing deal with the Catalan club, and talks over an extension appear to have stalled for the moment.
According to Diario Gol, United are waiting on the wings to make an offer for Roberto, who has an affortable buy-out clause of £36m in his contract. Barcelona are looking to significantly increase his escape clause by virtue of an extension next month, but the versatile player has, for now, countered the club’s initial offer.
Should there be no progress, the Red Devils are planning to trigger the Spaniard’s valuation with the assurance of a contract which would double his current wages of £70,000-a-week. Roberto is generally a central midfielder by trade, but he is also useful on the right side of the backline, where he has earned most of his gametime of late.
Manchester United are currently without the likes of Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian through minor injuries, and this could intensify the pursuit of a new right-sided defender, considering Ashley Young is also expected to serve a three-match suspension for a retrospective ban for an elbow on Southampton’s Dusan Tadic.