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Manchester City to start talks with Barcelona over signing former Guardiola pupil

Sergii Roberto in action for Barcelona

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Manchester City have reportedly reignited their interest in Sergi Roberto, however, they may lose Eric Garcia as part of a deal with Barcelona.

The Citizens have been interested in Barcelona versatility man for quite a long time. Pep Guardiola gave him his senior debut at Camp Nou a decade ago, and could be eyeing a reunion. Originally a midfielder, Roberto has become a right-back in recent years. It’s a position City could be looking to strengthen, after Joao Cancelo didn’t quite live up to expectations in his first season.

According to Diario Sport, City are willing to pay a “high price” for Roberto,whom they prefer to Nelson Semedo, the other right-back Barcelona have spoken to them about. It may not be so straight-forward, though. Barcelona also prefer Roberto to Semedo, with both players’ contracts expiring in two years.

The Blaugranas are keen to renew Roberto’s contract, but Sport claim that City are prepared to offer him higher wages in an effort to convince him to move. City could use Eric Garcia in a swap deal for Roberto.

Guardiola has shown faith in the young centre-back recently, but with less than a year left on his contract, Garcia is hoping for a return to Catalonia. The 19-year-old spent nine years in Barca’s academy before joining City in 2017.

Sport also report that further talks between Barcelona and City will take place after the conclusion of the Champions League in August.

Source- TEAMtalk

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