When Barcelona president Joan Laporta mentioned that it was the “end of an era,” many took it to believe he was referring to the old guard needing to move on — and they were right.
In order to right the ship and fix the financial disaster the club finds itself in, a number of players, including ones that have been at Barcelona for a long time, will need to make way.
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One of those players is Sergi Roberto.
Sergi Roberto could soon find his way out at Barcelona.
According to Sport, Barcelona have opened talks with Manchester City over a possible transfer. A move that Roberto would not oppose.
While he prioritizes staying, he is also aware he only has one year left on his contract. There were talks of renewal but the club were only offering a one-year deal.
Roberto would accept to go to Man City if and when he is told by the Catalan side that they no longer count on him
He had been linked with the Premier League champions last season and Pep Guardiola is a big admirer of the 29-year-old.
Roberto can play in multiple positions including right-back, midfield and even in attack. The drawback is he does not necessarily exceed in any of them. His defensive capabilities also leave a lot to be desired.
What he does have is the ability to fit into a system and make the most of his abilities. Something he would need to do should he move to Man City.
He has been plagued with injuries this season and has lost his starting spot in defense to Sergiño Dest. The American was only signed last season and despite an up-and-down year, he’s still seen as the right-back of the future.
Roberto’s potential departure would not only reduce the age of the squad but it would also free up money in the wage bill. He is one of the highest-paid players in the team and one of the four captains.
He’s been heavily criticized this season but he’s been a consummate professional throughout. He’s rarely played in his natural position and filled in when needed. But like Laporta said, the cycle for some has ended and, on this occasion, it applies to Sergi Roberto.