Manchester United to trigger Sergi Roberto release clause

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GETTYJose Mourinho has reportedly been in contact with Sergi Roberto

Manchester United have made an offer of €40m for Barcelona's Sergi Roberto in the hope of triggering his release clause, say reports in Spain.

Roberto, a 25-year-old Spanish global who can play as either a midfielder or full-back, has been on the books of Barcelona since joining the club as a youngster in 2006.

Manchester United are firmly chasing the midfielder, who can also operate at right-back, and according to Mundo Deportivo they recently tabled a £36m offer for Roberto which Barca have rejected.

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Yet the 25-year-old's playing time could be limited by Nelson Semedo's arrival and the potential move of Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande.

United are willing to satisfy Roberto's £36 million release clause, but Chelsea and Monaco have been linked with a move for the Spaniard as well. The Red Devils are looking for further reinforcements and Sergi Roberto could be an ideal player with the ability to play both as a midfielder and now as a right-back as well.

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It will be interesting to see if the club changes its stance on the player's unavailability or the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are forced to look elsewhere to reinforce their respective squads.

The player's entourage have insisted that Roberto wants to continue at Barcelona, but have also indicated that anything could happen from now until the end of the summer window.

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