Barcelona to sell off Sergi Roberto to La Liga rivals

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Barcelona’s versatile defender Sergi Roberto could move to Atletico Madrid in the upcoming transfer window. That is if he fails to renew his contract with the Catalans.

Sergi Roberto arrived at Barcelona in 2006. He joined the La Masia academy and subsequently made swift progress before breaking into the first team in 2010. Over the years, the Spanish international has been a regular name for the Blaugrana. He has raked in close to 50 appearances every season.

Roberto has more than 300 appearances for Barcelona, scoring 10 goals and 36 assists. However, his place in the first team is at risk due to the likes of Sergino Dest in defense. While in midfield, he is unlikely to get even a chance because of a vast choice of midfielders.

Under Ronald Koeman, he has not been impressive at all as he has only appeared 13 times in the league mostly as a substitute. However, he tends to keep his hope high as he urges for a contract renewal.

As per reports Barcelona had offered a contract extension of 1 year. However, Roberto has been asking for two more years at the club. It is believed that Koeman is losing his confidence in him and it is likely that Barcelona will sell him off this summer to the league rivals Atletico Madrid.

Atletico Madrid interested in signing Sergio Roberto

According to a report by El Gol Digital, Sergi Roberto is the subject of interest for Atletico Madrid in the summer transfer window. The Barcelona star is admired by Diego Simeone for his versatility and he could sign him for the next season.

Atletico Madrid needs to bolster their right-back spot this summer with Kieran Trippier linked with Real Madrid. Midfield, too, is an area of concern, with Saul Niguez facing an uncertain future at the club. However, signing Sergi Roberto can fill up those two gaps as he can play both as a defender and a defensive midfielder.

For now, though, it appears that Barcelona are open to selling off Roberto. However, it will be interesting to see if Atletico Madrid could sign the player in the upcoming transfer window.

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