Manchester United line up fourth signing of the summer

By Mark Peters IN General,La Liga,Premier League,Transfers - 19:45 Aug 3rd 2017

It has been a good summer so far for Manchester United in the transfer market, with the signings of Victor Lindelof, Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku giving real strength to the spine of the team.

The spending is unlikely to stop there, however, with Jose Mourinho looking to build a squad that is capable of challenging both domestically and on the Champions League stage.

According to reports in the Daily Express, one player who interests the Red Devils’ boss is Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto, with the two men thought to have been in contact over a potential move.

SERGI ROBERTO

An incredibly versatile performer, the Spanish international is best remembered for scoring the dramatic last-gasp winner against Paris Saint-Germain last season as his side spectacularly recovered from a 4-0 first-leg deficit.

Having spent the 2015/16 campaign performing a variety of different roles, the 25-year-old took advantage of Dani Alves’ switch to Juventus by nailing down the starting right-back position at Camp Nou in 2016/17:

Sergi Roberto
POS: MIDAGE: 25Y 5M
HEIGHT: 5FT 8INWEIGHT: 10ST 9LB
LL | Barcelona | 15/1616/17 | Barcelona | LL
GOALS
ASSISTS
GAMES
GAMES
ASSISTS
GOALS
2
AUG
2
2
1
3
SEP
2
2
2
3
OCT
3
1
2
NOV
3
2
DEC
3
5
JAN
3
4
FEB
4
1
4
MAR
4
1
5
APR
6
1
MAY
2
1
5
31
TOTAL
32
6

Bringing both energy and technical quality to that side of the pitch, Roberto followed up his five top-flight assists from the previous season with six more last time around.

Although the Spaniard is more of a creative influence than someone like Phil Neville was back in the day, the Barcelona man could perform a similarly valuable utility role to that of the ‘Class of 92’ member at Old Trafford:


Sergi Roberto
versus
Phil Neville
MIDPOSITIONMID
25Y 5MAGE40Y 6M
5FT 8INHEIGHT5FT 11IN
10ST 9LBWEIGHT10ST 9LB
 
LL | BCN | | EVE, MNU | PL
08/94 - 05/1708/94 - 05/17
52
STARTS
447
5089
MINS
PLAYED
37392
GOALS
9
11
ASSISTS
28
OPENING
GOALS
6
WINNING
GOALS
3
HOME
GOALS
6
AWAY
GOALS
3
HEADED
GOALS
GOALS
R/L FOOT
L
4
R
5
MINS
PER GOAL
4155
1
TOTAL
9

Given that he sees himself as a central midfielder, however, Mourinho may have to be at his persuasive best to convince the 25-year-old that a move to Manchester United is in his best interests.

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