Barcelona have ‘called’ Manchester City ‘repeatedly’ this summer in an attempt to sell Sergi Roberto to the club.
That’s according to Mundo Deportivo, who say the defender is ‘living a strange vacation’ this summer as the club can’t decide what to do with him.
The newspaper explains that Barcelona are in favour of a sale this summer but have also offered him a new contract to ‘secure his future’ as his current deal expires next year.
The Catalans are determined to ensure Roberto does not leave on a free, and they have spoken to several Premier League sides, as well as some in Italy, to try and secure a transfer this year.
Inter Milan are particularly keen, and sources in Italy have backed this up, although the formula of any deal isn’t yet known.
In the meantime, Barcelona have been acting strangely, offering the player a one-year deal to him weeks ago before withdrawing it and actively trying to get a sale.
They’ve ‘tried to sell’ him to several clubs, including Manchester City, who they have ‘repeatedly called’ in an attempt to tempt them into a sale.
That’s because Manchester City have shown an interest in the past, with numerous reports over the last couple of years stating Pep Guardiola is a fan and would take him to the Etihad.
He and those in charge are seemingly not biting this time around, though, and in the face of the ‘immobility of the market,’ Barcelona are trying to get the player to sign a new deal, so they don’t end up losing out down the line, creating further confusion for a player who is stuck between two very different ideas.