A barnstorming 4 – 0 win over West Ham United in their opening Premier League fixture has not stopped Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho from looking to add depth to his squad.
His eyes are turned toward the Camp Nou and unsettled 25-year-old midfielder, Sergi Roberto. With Barcelona signing Paulinho from Chinese Super League club, Guangzhou Evergrande, Roberto feels his opportunities for first team football will be limited this coming season. With Philippe Coutinho set to arrive from Liverpool as well, the path to the first team could be further blocked for the Spanish international.
A report in the Daily Express claims United are willing to meet his £36.5m release clause if the La Masia graduate agitates for a move away from Catalunya before the end of the current transfer window. The valuation seems low for a player who has La Liga, Copa del Rey, Supercopa de España, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and, FIFA Club World Cup winner’s medals. United won’t complain if it turns out to be true!
Since breaking into the Barcelona first team squad, he has made over 150 appearances, scoring six goals, including the vital sixth in the 6 – 1 thrashing of PSG in the second leg of last season’s Round of Sixteen Champions League tie in which the Catalans created another record, this time becoming the first side to overcome a four-goal first leg deficit.