Man Utd Steal March On Chelsea With £36m Bid For Spanish Star

Report Man United and Chelsea go head-to-head for Barcelona first-teamer with £36m release clause

Manchester United are prepared to trigger Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto's £36m release clause, according to Spanish publication Don Balon.

The paper had previously reported the youth graduate of La Masia's release clause is €40m - although this has not been confirmed - while Barca have no desire to negotiate.

Sergi Roberto has been deployed as a right full-back for last two seasons with the Barcelona squad possessing excellent midfield talent such as Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic.

However, the arrival of Benfica's Nelson Semedo has put Roberto's first-team place under direct threat and could give suitors hope over the player's potential desire to move.

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His finest moment in a Barca shirt came when he scored the winning goal against PSG in last season's fantastic 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.

The Barcelona defender is already liked by Manchester United and Chelsea, and will down in history for scoring the winning goal in the Blaugrana's incredible comeback against PSG, beating them 6-1 in Champions League action. The Spaniard started his career as a central midfielder, but Luis Enrique opted to play him in the right-back position after the departure of Dani Alves last summer.

Today, Man Utd have made their move for Sergi Roberto....

Having missed out on Tottenham Hotspur's Eric Dier, Roberto is reportedly the next target as his future at the Catalan club is supposedly uncertain under manager Ernesto Valverde.

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