Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is prepared to trigger Sergi Roberto’s £36.5m release clause in his contract after the defender was angry at not starting the Spanish Super Cup first leg against rivals Real Madrid, according to a report on the Mirror.
The right back, who can also operate as a central midfielder, was upset at being left out of the starting XI and has made up his mind to leave the Spanish giants. The 25-year-old has attracted interest from United and fellow Premier League club Chelsea and it seems both clubs will battle for his signature.
The Red Devils are looking to bring in at least one more player before the transfer window slams shut and Mourinho is looking to provide some cover for Antonio Valencia. Roberto can also play in midfield and with United playing in numerous competitions, squad rotation will be key to challenge for silverware.
The defender may decide to stay in Spain if he gets the assurance that he will be a starter for Barcelona but if not, then he is open to a move to the Premier League.
In my opinion, Roberto would also not be a starting player every week at Old Trafford, however he will get plenty of games due to United having a very busy fixture schedule. Antonio Valencia is very fit and healthy but he won’t be able to play every weekend and midweek, which is why signing Roberto will provide some top quality cover in that position.
Our midfield is really strong but Mourinho can’t always use the same 3 men in midfield in all competitions so Roberto would fit in nicely there too but if he is leaving Barcelona to get first team action week in week out, then I don’t think United is the best place for him.
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