Man United Now Reportedly Targeting Barcelona Midfielder Sergi Roberto

Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho are prepared to activate Sergi Roberto's release clause

UNITED are prepared to meet Sergi Roberto's £36m release clause at Barcelona, according to reports.

The Catalan club are adamant that Sergi Roberto will not be sold this summer, rebuffing United's first offer as they look to keep their squad together following Neymar's move to PSG.

Roberto made 40 appearances for the Blaugrana last season but despite being primarily a deep-lying midfielder, he was deployed as right-back last season after the club did not replace Dani Alves.

His finest moment in a Barca shirt came when he scored the winning goal against PSG in last season's wonderful Champions League comeback win, netting with the final kick of the game as Barcelona won 6-1 to go through 6-5 on aggregate in the last 16.

Roberto is firmly in Ernesto Valverde's plans for next season, but it hasn't stopped other clubs from showing an interest in snaring him away from the Nou Camp this summer.

The potential for the Spaniard to become surplus to requirements has not only alerted United to his potential availability before the window closes, but Chelsea are also interested.

The former Atletico Bilbao boss is most likely to use new recruit Nelson Semedo in the full-back position, and even if Roberto is shifted to his favoured midfield position, he will have to fight with Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Gomes for a place in the starting lineup.

Roberto has a contract until 2019 with the Catalan giants.

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