It’s not often that Real Madrid and Barcelona do direct transfer business, but there is a shock claim in Spain that Sergi Roberto is interested in a switch.
Given he’s only recently signed a new deal which will keep him at the Nou Camp until 2022, as per ESPN, it comes as an even bigger surprise that his future is even being discussed.
A move to Barcelona could allow Roberto to play in his more favoured role in midfield, but the problem Diario Gol claim, is that he’s ‘very interested’ in a move to the Bernabeu.
It really would be a shock move as not only has Roberto come through the ranks at the Catalan giants, but he is playing a prominent role under Ernesto Valverde this season, making 36 appearances in all competitions.
In turn, there doesn’t seem to be a real motivation to want a move to their bitter rivals, and so unfortunately this claim really needs to be questioned.
Whether a move for Odriozola pushes him towards the exit door given it’s additional competition and could have a negative impact on his playing time is one thing, but to suggest that he holds an interest in a move to Madrid is a big statement.
Time will tell how the situation plays out, but as interpreted by The Express, Lionel Messi is concerned by it, so perhaps there is something of a headache there for Barcelona to deal with as they won’t want to lose him and not least to their rivals.