#3 Possible financial gain?
As things stand, Roberto would leave as a free agent. Reports suggest that Barcelona are offering the Spaniard a two-year deal on reduced wages. It is important to remember that Roberto has sustained two major injuries in the last two seasons. This has caused the Spaniard to miss over 60 games since the beginning of last season. A short-term deal allows the coaching staff to evaluate Roberto’s fitness and performance levels, before deciding on the future. If Roberto fails to impress under Xavi, Barcelona can look to profit from his sale.
The Spaniard reportedly is being tracked by LA Galaxy, Arsenal, Real Betis, and Sevilla too. The Blaugranes are unlikely to be short of suitors if they authorize the sale of the Spaniard after another year too. The extension, however, rests on Roberto’s willingness to take a significant wage cut and accept a smaller role with the team.