Barcelona set to offer Manchester City target a new contract
Barcelona are set to offer Manchester City transfer target Seri Roberto a new contract.
The Spanish giants are set to insert a staggering £350m release clause into the deal.
Manchester City had been plotting a £35m bid for the midfielder in January, which is his current release clause.
New contract offer
Barcelona, in a desperate attempt to keep hold of their academy product, are set to offer him a new contract.
Roberto currently has a £35m release clause in his contract, which Barca are hoping to avoid being triggered.
He has grown to become a key figure in Ernesto Valverde’s team, playing prominently as a right-back.
This move to the full-back position has proven to be a big boost in the development of the player, with the player coming so far over the last two-years.
So far this season, Roberto has made 16 appearances for Barcelona.
Last season, he produced one of the most remarkable footballing moments scoring a 95th-minute goal to help Barcelona overturn a 4-0 first-leg deficit.
He scored Barcelona’s sixth goal of the evening to help knock Paris Saint-Germain out of the Champions League and send his side into the last 8.
Re-live the moment here.
City craving versatility
Pep Guardiola is hopeful of signing Roberto with the possibility of signing a player with such great versatility.
The Spaniard would offer the City boss an option in different areas of the pitch and would fit his style of football.
Pep believes that Roberto would act as a great alternative to walker given their contrasting styles, proving him with an option to change their attack.
Manchester City dominating
Quite simply, Manchester City have been unstoppable this season.
In eleven games, only Everton have managed to avoid defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Going forward, City have been scintillating scoring more league goals than any other side in Europe’s top 5 leagues (38).
Defensively they have also been sound, conceding just seven, which is only bettered by Manchester United.
After a difficult first season, Guardiola finally has his side firing all cylinders.