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Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho are prepared to activate Sergi Roberto's release clause

GETTY Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho are prepared to activate Sergi Roberto's release clause

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.

Man United and Chelsea are considering making moves for Barcelona midfielder Sergi Roberto.

The former Atletico Bilbao boss is most likely to use new recruit Nelson Semedo in the full-back position, and even if Roberto is shifted to his favoured midfield position, he will have to fight with Andres Iniesta, Sergio Busquets, and Andres Gomes for a place in the starting lineup.

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Roberto started 39 games in all competitions last season, netting one goal and chipping in with six assists.

The players future, according to the aforementioned source, is in doubt after the managerial upheaval that saw Ernesto Valverde replace Luis Enrique. 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.

The player, though, could be set to leave the club, with Manchester United and Chelsea both interested.

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The rumour mill had Jose Mourinho already opening talks with Roberto, too.

The Catalans have stated that Sergi Roberto's wishes are to remain with Barca, but have also said that "there is plenty of time remaining before the transfer window closes and things can still happen".

Less than a week before the Premier League season restarts, Man United and Chelsea are again going head to head as the clubs battle to sign a Barcelona star.

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