Premier League side Arsenal are front and center to sign Sergi Roberto from Barcelona, according to reports in Spain.
The versatile Spaniard, who can play in midfield and at right-back, is out of contract this summer and will be able to leave the club as a free agent with a number of clubs interested.
Reports in Spain suggest that Roberto will not sign a new contract with the Catalan club and will look for new pastures this summer.
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Roberto has spent his entire career at Barcelona, racking up over 300 appearances for the Catalan giants since the 2010/11 season.
The 29-year-old has struggled with injuries this season, contributing two goals and one assist in just 11 La Liga appearances this season.
Speaking in January, Mikel Arteta insisted that Arsenal ‘must maximize every window’.
The Spaniard said: “I think with the amount of things and the way we want to develop the team, we have to maximize every window in different ways and we are alert.
“[Technical director] Edu and his team are working really hard because we know exactly what we need to do, and whether we can accomplish that in January or in the summer is a different question because it’s related to other things.
Roberto won two Champions Leagues, six La Ligas, six Spanish Cups and five Super Cups during his time at Camp Nou and now Arsenal could bring him to the Emirates Stadium this summer.
macaw and RAC1 journalist Xavi Hernandez Navarro (via Fichajes) claims that Roberto is ‘looking for a new team for next season’ after deciding not to renew due to ‘differences between the two parties’.
It is understood that ‘negotiations have broken down at the moment and a deal is a long way off’ with Barcelona focusing on the arrival of Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta as his replacement.
Roberto would like to move to the Premier League and Arsenal are the club “which have shown the most interest in him” as he could end up at Manchester City under former boss Pep Guardiola.