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Barcelona turn down €40 million Manchester United bid for Sergi Roberto

08 August 2017

Jose Mourinho is known to want cover both in midfield and at right-back, where Sergi Roberto played predominantly last season, and had originally targeted Monaco's Fabinho for the role.

It's been widely reported this summer that Sergi has a 40 million euro release clause, and that cheap price appears to have attracted Man United and Chelsea.

Barca are also expected to bring in former Tottenham flop Paulinho, which will further dampen Sergi Roberto's hopes of getting increased game time in his natural midfield role.

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Mundo Deportivo reported that United have made a bid for the Spain worldwide, while sources told ESPN FC last month that he was also a Chelsea target.

The report in Don Balon goes on to say that though Roberto has excelled as a first-choice right-back in the absence of Aleix Vidal last season, the 25-year-old midfielder's future is uncertain following the arrival of new manager Ernesto Valverde.

Considering his exploits for Blaugrana last season, Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea have already been strongly linked with him, and latest reports from Spain claim that the Ligue 1 Champions Monaco are also interested in signing the versatile player this summer.

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The Mundo Deportivo report suggests that Barca are unwilling to sell Roberto and have knocked back United's opening offer but the Express claim the defender has a £36m buyout clause which has now seemingly been met.

Barca have reportedly reacted bluntly, stating that Sergi isn't up for sale, however the Catalans also previously thought that Neymar would never leave the Camp Nou to join PSG.

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Barcelona turn down €40 million Manchester United bid for Sergi Roberto